NGO Parliamentary committee bills likely to fall
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
July 19, 2011 21:32
Two controversial bills that would form parliamentary commissions of inquiry to investigate leftist non-governmental organizations are expected to not receive enough support to pass in votes in the Knesset on Wednesday.
The first, submitted by Israel Beiteinu MK Faina Kirschenbaum, would probe the damage done by the NGOs to the IDF. The second, sponsored by Likud MK Danny Danon, would investigate the contributions the NGOs received from foreign countries.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opposes both bills as do multiple Likud ministers and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin. Most of the Likud faction however will support the legislation.
Israel Beiteinu has asked for a role call vote to embarrass right-wing MKs who oppose the bills. Party officials said that if Kirschenbaum's bill is defeated, she will immediately submit it again in hopes it will pass at a later date.