Times of Israel By: Sue Surkes
Committee chair Nissan Slomiansky says he nixed planned discussion of controversial measure without consulting Netanyahu after noting lack of coalition backing.
The chairman of the Knesset law committee suspended a planned discussion of a controversial bill that would allow for MKs to boot other lawmakers, saying the draft legislation backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lacks the necessary coalition support.
MK Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home) announced the move on Army Radio Tuesday morning, days after President Reuven Rivlin and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, both stalwarts of the prime minister’s Likud party, harshly criticized the measure.
The bill aims to allow a majority of 90 MKs to suspend a fellow lawmaker for “inappropriate behavior” and was motivated by a meeting earlier this month of Arab MKs from the Balad party, part of the Arab-dominated Joint (Arab) List, with the families of terrorists who were killed while attacking Israelis.
Netanyahu has vowed to quickly push through the measure, which has already passed its first reading and is awaiting second and third votes in the Knesset before becoming law.