MK David Rotem kills controversial 'Lapid Bill'

January 10, 2012 18:35


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Knesset Law Committee chairman David Rotem decided Tuesday to cancel a vote set for Wednesday on the controversial Lapid Bill.

The bill would have instituted a cooling-off period of at least six months for journalists before they can run for Knesset. Rotem said the bill was no longer necessary after Lapid entered politics on Sunday.

"The bill wasn't urgent anymore," he said. "I thought it was a mistake when it was first proposed a year ago. Yair Lapid quit [journalism]. The bill was intended for Yair Lapid. If someone tells me there are other reporters who want to enter politics, we will hold the vote."

Rotem vigorously denied an Army Radio report that he effectively killed the Lapid Bill on orders from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu via coalition chairman Ze'ev Elkin.

"I didn't talk to the prime minister or to Elkin and I didn't get any orders," he said.

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