Knesset votes down 'Zoabi bill'

December 23, 2015 16:36


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The Knesset rejected legislation banning the Supreme Court from overturning Central Elections Committee decisions to disqualify candidates 66-6, in a preliminary reading Wednesday.

The bill, proposed by Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman, was nicknamed the "Zoabi Bill," as Liberman made it clear that it was targeting Joint List MK Haneen Zoabi, whose disqualifications in the last two elections were overturned by the court.

"A state that allows people to encourage terrorists to kidnap our boys, like Zoabi did, is suicidal," Liberman said. "If the Likud and Bayit Yehudi do not vote for this, they are responsible for Zoabi being here."

Joint List MKs boycotted Liberman's speech, but returned in time to vote against the bill.

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