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Knesset advances prime minister term limits for but speaker stops bill

CM 24/05/2021

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The bills targeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu advanced despite the opposition of Yamina, which said its MKs voted against it to protest other bills not being raised. Ra’am (United Arab List) MKs voted for both bills. 
The decisions of the committee enabled the cooling off period for the bills to be waived. But they will not be raised in the Knesset plenum in the next two weeks, due to an arrangement between Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin and his deputies.
Yisrael Beytenu called Levin’s decision “hypocritical.” Opposition leader Yair Lapid said he would replace Levin immediately if he had the votes to do it. He would need a majority of 61 in the Knesset plenum. 
The bills would have to pass four times in the Knesset plenum and three more times in committee to pass into law, which could take several months.
Earlier, a bill that would form a state commission of inquiry to investigate the disaster at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron was advanced by the committee in a 19-13 vote. The committee decided to waive the bill’s cooling off period. It will be able to come to a vote in the Knesset plenum next week if it passes in next Sunday’s cabinet meeting, where it will be raised by Blue and White leader Benny Gantz.
Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) MKs tried their best to prevent the vote, organizing a walk-out and a filibuster. The haredi MKs said they would prefer an informal public committee to a formal commission of inquiry headed by a Supreme Court judge. 

United Torah Judaism MK Yakov Asher said he voted against advancing the bill, because it would advance political interests and postpone the families of the victims receiving the help from the state that they need.
Earlier, family members of the victims urged the formation of such a committee. Their only request was that there be a haredi representative on the committee who would understand the sensitivity of their sector, ideally a representative of the families themselves.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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