Akunis proposes ‘Tibi Bill’ to stop MKs from aiding PA

Likud MK proposes bill after Tibi flys to New York on the Palestinian Authority delegation’s plane, along with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

September 27, 2011 04:46
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Akunis 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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MK Ofir Akunis (Likud) proposed on Monday a bill that would forbid Members of Knesset from serving as advisers to – or delegation members of – another country, following UAL-Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi’s flight to New York with the Palestinian delegation to the UN last week.

According to MK Akunis, who filed an ethics complaint against Tibi last week, the UAL-Ta’al MK’s actions went against Basic Law: The Knesset, in which every MK “commits to be loyal to the State of Israel.”

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As such, Akunis has proposed that an article be added to the Basic Law: “An MK may not advise a foreign entity or state. If he does so, he may not be a candidate in the next Knesset elections.”

Last week, Tibi flew to New York on the Palestinian Authority delegation’s plane, along with PA President Mahmoud Abbas and other officials. However, Tibi denied that he is a member of the delegation, only saying that he sympathized with its cause.

Following Akunis’ complaint to the Knesset Ethics Committee, Tibi posted photographs on his Facebook page of himself and Abbas on the plane.

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