The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is set to take up Yisrael Beytenu's alternative to the “Tal Law” Sunday, Israel Radio reported.
On Thursday, party head Avigdor Liberman announced that he would continue to push the bill forward despite expectations that the current Knesset will be dissolved this week.Since May 9 is now expected to be the last day of the 18th Knesset, the bill would have to pass in its first reading on Monday and Yisrael Beytenu would have to push it through an accelerated legislative process so it can become law by Wednesday.
The process cannot be sped up unless the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approves the bill is approved, which is unlikely, as haredi parties and the Likud would have to approve it. Haredi parties oppose requiring their constituents to serve, while the Likud would lose points politically by allowing Yisrael Beytenu’s reform to pass.
Another possibility, the foreign minister explained in a press conference on Thursday, is to get signatures from 61 MKs, which would require Speaker Reuven Rivlin to call a meeting of the Knesset despite its dissolution.Read the full story here.