Faina Kirschenbaum 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Two controversial bills that would form parliamentary commissions of inquiry to
investigate leftist non-governmental organizations are not expected to receive
enough support to pass in votes in the Knesset today.
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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
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 if Kirschenbaum’s bill is defeated, she will immediately submit
it again in hopes it will pass at a later date.
A coalition of ten
left-wing organizations sent a letter to MKs on Tuesday calling the proposed
parliamentary committee a “witch hunt” and warning them that if the bill passes,
“it would harm what is left of Israeli democracy.”