Knesset MKs at plenum 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Efforts to advance the electoral reform bills of Yisrael Beytenu and Yesh Atid
could be stymied due to opposition from the Likud, a key figure in the ruling
party said on Wednesday.
Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman has
vowed to pass his party’s plan in its final readings in the Knesset before its
summer recess begins in August. The Knesset Law Committee, which is headed by
Liberman ally David Rotem, will begin deliberations on the bill next
Likud officials say they would block efforts by Yisrael Beytenu to
limit noconfidence motions to once a month. They said that after they submitted
countless no-confidence motions when they were in the opposition, they could not
limit them while they are in power.
“Let the opposition blabber all they
want,” Deputy Minister for Liaison with the Knesset Ophir Akunis
Akunis told the Knesset plenum on Monday that there are also
disputes inside the coalition on whether to raise the electoral threshold from 2
to 3 or 4 percent. Such a decision could determine whether the smallest faction
in the next Knesset will be four or five MKs, up from the current
Bayit Yehudi and Hatnua are against raising the threshold at
The Law Committee is expected to combine the proposals of Rotem and
Yesh Atid MK Ronen Hoffman.
Both proposals call for raising the threshold
to 4% and limiting the number of ministers to 18, but the bills differ on how to
handle no-confidence motions and other issues.