Forty five members of Knesset supported the bill, while 42 stood in opposition. Coalition members clarified that the wording of the bill would change before moving forward
MKs say the practice, which is unofficial but familiar to residents, ‘has no place in a democratic state’
The amendment dismisses need for religious justification to refuse work on the day of rest, while exempting those in ‘essential services, public health and safety’
Netanyahu wants to reach an agreement on the bill within two weeks and pass it by the end of the Knesset’s summer session, in five weeks
Instead, MKs likely to make do with calling on police to step up enforcement of existing noise laws
The Knesset presidium has excised the principle of equality from the definition of democracy. Instead of dealing with the Balad party’s vision, they have chosen to kill the messenger.
Political sources say Shas and Degel Hatorah are expected to stay on board and keep the governing coalition whole, even though the senior partner in United Torah Judaism is vacillating
Ministerial Committee for Legislation expected to approve bill calling for five-year jail terms for anyone who distributes photos or footage aimed at breaking ‘soldiers’ spirit’