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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) is the Knesset member who works hardest to separate
religion and state, according to a study by the Open Knesset website and the
Reform Movement’s Center for Religion and State released on Monday.
ranking is based on 30 “significant votes” by MKs on bills, no-confidence
motions and motions to the agenda regarding religion and the
One such vote, initiated by Horowitz, was on a bill proposing
public transportation in all cities on Saturdays.
Other measures included
in the ranking concern the Chief Rabbinate, the rabbinical courts and civil
MK Dov Henin (Hadash) came in second place, followed by MKs
Meir Sheetrit (Kadima), Ilan Gilon (Meretz) and Marina Solodkin
MK Meshulam Nahari (Shas), a minister in the Prime Minister’s
Office, came in last place, with MK Avraham Michaeli (Shas) ranked
According to a ranking by faction, Meretz leads efforts
to separate religion and state, followed by Kadima and Hadash. United Torah
Judaism is last, with Shas one ranking higher.
Horowitz told The
Jerusalem Post that separation of religion and state is the issue that is most
important to him. “I’m proud that my hard work is reflected by the numbers,” he
Noa Satat, chairwoman of the Reform Movement’s Center for Religion
and State, said the list will put an end to empty campaign promises and allow
for full transparency.
“The public is waking up and wants to know which
MKs are really working for their causes,” Open Knesset manager Ofri Raviv said.
He called for other organizations to publicize rankings on lawmakers’
Open Knesset gathers information about MKs and their bills’
progress, and is affiliated with the Public Knowledge Workshop NGO.