Israeli parties prepare legislative demands for Netanyahu's new coalition

March 24, 2015 06:14

As parties gear up for coalition negotiations, they’re not only preparing to demand portfolios; there are policies they want to make sure the next government pushes forward.

Nearly all of the parties that recommended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the president plan to ask that the coalition agree to pass certain laws, but what remains to be seen is how many of them will actually end up in the new government’s guidelines at the end of negotiations.

Bayit Yehudi MK Ayelet Shaked said Monday that her priority, policy-wise, is to pass legislation that would require any NGO that receives funding from a foreign country to get authorization from the Finance Ministry, Defense Ministry and Knesset Finance Committee to do so.

The bill is one of many rightwing politicians have proposed to limit what they said is unfair intervention by foreign governments, particularly in the European Union, in the Israeli political process, mainly via funding for left-wing nonprofit organizations that call themselves human rights groups.

Shaked’s proposal would instate a different mechanism, allowing the donations to be limited.

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