PM postpones gov't appeals hearing on NGO-funding bills

November 20, 2011 11:36

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday postponed a hearing on appeals against two bills limiting foreign funding for NGOs, which were approved last week in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation.

The Knesset readings of the bills - pending the committee hearings - will be delayed as a result of the prime minister's postponement.

The bills passed the committee last Sunday with 11 voting in favor and five against, including Government Services Minister Michael Eitan, Intelligence Agencies Minister Dan Meridor and Minister-without-Portfolio Bennie Begin, all from the Likud, as well as Independence members Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon and Agricultural Minister Orit Noked.

Hearings on the appeals submitted by Begin and Noked would have cleared the way for Knesset readings.

Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.

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