Knesset members will find themselves in an odd place that they are not used to going to on Monday: The Knesset.
The eighteenth Knesset suspended itself for the election on October 15. The nineteenth was sworn in nearly four months later on February 5.
new Knesset was in session for less than six weeks, but the MKs' work
was limited during that time, because committees had not been formed and an opposition leader had not formally been appointed.
a holiday break for Passover and Independence Day that lasted more than
a month, the Knesset will be at full force starting Monday.
will be devoted to ceremonies at Knesset committees in which new
chairpersons take over from their predecessors. The Knesset will be
asked to approve the appointment of Ronen Plot as its new
director-general. Plot, who replaces Dan Landau, was the
director-general of the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry
and the Immigrant Absorption Ministry when they were headed by new
Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein.
There will also be seven
no-confidence motions presented by the eight opposition factions. The
only motion presented by two factions together is from Shas and United
Torah Judaism. While all the motions presented by individual parties
propose that their party leader become prime minister, the Shas-UTJ
proposal recommends UTJ leader Ya'acov Litzman, not an MK from Shas,
which is led by a triumvirate of leaders who do not get along.
of the no-co-confidence motions are on economic issues. The motions
presented by the Arab factions protest more generally that the new
government is "dangerous."
Edelstein vowed to crack down on
gimmicks by MKs that harm the Knesset's image. He said he would have no
tolerance for MKs who disturb Knesset proceedings.
The Knesset will disperse for another break in August for summer vacation and the fall Jewish holidays.