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27/08/2016   20th Knesset, Second Session, Summer Recess
Speaker Edelstein sends condolence letter to Italian counterpart following devastating earthquake
”We were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic earthquake that struck central Italy,” Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said in a letter to Italian Chamber of Deputies President Laura Boldrini. ”On behalf of the Knesset and the people of Israel, I send deepest condolences to the families of the victims and prayers for a speedy recovery for the wounded. We stand as one with the Italian people in this difficult hour”

Minister Bennett takes part in Education Committee meeting ahead of the upcoming schoolyear
Education Minister Naftali Bennett briefed the committee headed by MK Yakov Margi on his ministry`s plans and announced that the goal is to have 18,000 students pass the five unit matriculation exam in math within four years. A similar plan will for the upcoming schoolyear will see the addition of 2000 hours of English studies for all the educational institutions. Other goals include reducing the number of drop-outs and narrowing the educational gap between the center and the periphery

Press Releases
25/8/2016 - Speaker Edelstein sends condolence letter to Italian counterpart following devastating earthquake
24/8/2016 - Minister Bennett takes part in Education Committee meeting ahead of the upcoming schoolyear
18/8/2016 - Foreign Affairs Committee discusses BDS activity on US college campuses; MK Dichter, committee chairman: ”We must help every Jewish person who is attacked for being Jewish”
16/8/2016 - Speaker Edelstein to ambassadors of Asia-Pacific countries: ”Relations between us have great potential”
15/8/2016 - Speaker Edelstein presented with scissors used in the dedication of the Knesset Building 50 years ago
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The Knesset will be closed to the general public from August 17 through September 1

On the Public Agenda
During a Diaspora Affairs Committee meeting on the EU`s efforts to combat anti-Semitism, Chairman MK Avraham Neguise lauded the agreement with social media companies to remove hate speech inciting to violence within 24 hours, while EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen said ”We are 100 percent committed to fighting this despicable phenomenon.” MK Aliza Lavie: ”History has shown us what happens when displays of hatred and violence are not dealt with”

The United Worker’s party submits the first motion of no confidence against the government over the purchase of military equipment from the United States. MK Yitzhak Ben-Aharon: ”This is one of the few cases where the government used its majority to not only approve its position, but also to prevent bringing the problem up for debate. Yet still I am not certain whether the majority in this house will lend a hand to holding an open and comprehensive debate on this question.”

MK Moshe Nissim....

In the Committees
1/9/2016 08:00 - The opening of the upcoming school year in Abu Gosh
4/9/2016 09:00 - Committee members tour the educational rehabilitation center Magen Halev, Ashdod
6/9/2016 10:00 - Insolvency and Economic Recuperation Bill, 2016
6/9/2016 10:30 - Bill to increase competition and reduce centralization in the Israeli banking market (legislative...
6/9/2016 13:00 - 1. Administrative Offenses Regulations (administrative fine – gas), 2015 2. Administrative...
8/9/2016 09:00 - Committee members tour the Jewish Quarter – fear of losing and abandoning businesses and workers in...
12/9/2016 09:00 - Work accidents in the construction industry
12/9/2016 09:30 - Control of Financial Services Bill (insurance) (amendment no. 28) (safety cushions for senior...
12/9/2016 10:00 - Civil Service Law, 2015
12/9/2016 11:00 - Political Parties (financing) Bill (amendment - defining active body in elections), 2016
13/9/2016 10:00 - Insolvency and Economic Recuperation Bill- 2016
13/9/2016 10:00 - Mapping licenses for use in unconventional technology for the production of gas and oil, and...
13/9/2016 11:30 - Committee members tour the Gaza border – implementing the government's decisions to strengthen the...
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