There is a known affliction of those who stay up late at night – becoming so
tired that everything seems funny – and Education Minister Shai Piron caught it
after midnight on Monday.
After hours of voting on the panel appointing
judges, extending the Law to Prevent Infiltration, increasing the deficit and
more, the time came for the government to present its position on a law
increasing the penalty for smuggling phones and dangerous items into prisons to
up to five years in jail.
Since Public Security Minister Yitzhak
Aharonovitch was not in the plenum at midnight, Piron was asked to present the
An exhausted, but cheerful Piron took the stand and began reading
the legislation and cracked up laughing when he got to the words “inserting
items into prisons.”
MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) shouted: “What is the
connection between the Education Minister and prisons?”
Other MKs in the plenum
started laughing along with him, and MK Shuli Muallem (Bayit Yehudi) filmed
Piron with her smartphone.
Deputy Knesset Speaker Moshe Feiglin (Likud
Beytenu) joked that he usually has to tell MKs to calm down so the minister on
the stand can speak, but this time it’s the opposite. Then, he brought Piron a
cup of water.
Eventually, Welfare Minister Meir Cohen took Piron’s place,
and the bill passed with 31 in favor and 13 opposed.
The next morning,
one of Piron’s aides was unsure how to explain the events, joking that it was
“past his bedtime.”