20th Knesset, First Session, Summer Assembly
During a debate on the government`s decision to reverse the requirement that families qualifying for subsidized daycare have two working parents, Yisrael Beitenu MK Sharon Gal pointed out that the Talmud says a person ”enjoys the fruit of his labor more than fear of the Heavens.” MK Mickey Levy of Yesh Atid said ”we are not against haredim; we wanted to connect them to Israeli society through army service and work.” MK Gafni in response: ”There is not one area of the haredi public`s life in which you did not try to harm us”
The Knesset held a debate on social media shaming following the recent suicide of government clerk as a result of a Facebook post that painted him as a racist. MK Michal Rozin said, ”There is no supervision and no one to complain to. It is our public duty to find the balance between freedom of expression and freedom to incite.” MK Revital Swid: ”We have reached a point where criticism is leveled in a hurtful and thuggish manner. While it is true that the legislator will always remain behind the reality that is being created, we should not wait for a tragic event such as this to continue working towards a solution”
Speaking at a conference on parliamentary diplomacy, Edelstein said “There is no substitute for the presence of members of the Knesset in parliamentary conferences and international organizations as representatives of the State of Israel. We do not travel to enjoy and have fun, but to work around the clock, express our positions, thwart anti-Israel decisions and bring about multiple inter-parliamentary achievements and cooperation”
| ||The Knesset approves the appointment of its first parliamentary investigative committee - a parliamentary inquiry committee on police behavior towards detainees at Camp Jalame (police station in Yagur). At Camp Jalame the police held members of the Brit HaKanaim (Covenant of the Zealots) Jewish underground organization, which operated in Israel in the years 1950-1953 with the goal of imposing Jewish law on the citizens of Israel and establishing a halachic state. The police`s treatment of the detainees caused a public outcry and led to the establishment of the inquiry committee, which found that the police`s conduct was illegal and recommended that the government examine ways to prevent such behavior in the future. || |
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