The Knesset passed in a preliminary reading a law that would require any person or group that declares “in writing or in speech, clearly or through behavior” an intention to run for a Knesset seat without joining an existing party to officially form a new party within two weeks of the declaration, or pay a NIS 150,000 fine.
The new party would then have to comply with campaign- finance laws, and reveal the sources of its funding.
However, it is believed the law is targeting television news anchor-turned-politician Yair Lapid, who declared his intention to run in the next elections but has not joined an existing party or moved to form his own.
Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.
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