Knesset session 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Kadima MKs Otniel Schneller and Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich were punished on
Wednesday by a Kadima disciplinary tribunal, because they were absent from the
vote on the “Boycott Bill,” which all Kadima members were told to oppose on
Schneller was suspended from the Knesset Foreign Affairs and
Defense Committee and the Control Committee for six months and lost his right to
propose bills and motions to the Knesset’s agenda for six months. Kadima
announced that this was the fourth time Schneller was called before the
disciplinary tribunal for breaking party discipline, and that during the
“Boycott Bill” vote, the MK did not announce his absence and ignored phone
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Shamalov-Berkovich stood before the tribunal for the first time,
and was suspended from the Knesset Aliya and Absorption Committee for three
months. Kadima also took away her right to propose bills and motions to the
Knesset’s agenda for the next month.
“The severity of their punishments
is directly connected to the severity of their disciplinary offense and the
severity of the bill that they did not vote against,” a Kadima spokesman
“The punishment shows the Kadima leadership’s preference of
politics and battles over deepening ideological ideas and over the Zionist
interests of the Jewish state,” Schneller said in response.
“This is a
warning sign for those Kadima members and supporters, like me, who came to the
party from the right to the center of the political spectrum in hopes of
creating a central party with values,” he added.
not available for comment.
MK Danny Danon (Likud) spoke out in support of
the two Kadima rebels in a Knesset speech on the opposition party’s “zigzag
“The Kadima faction is boycotting its members that boycotted
the ‘Boycott Bill,’” Danon explained. “It sounds complicated, but it’s
“Today, Kadima decided to boycott MK Schneller,” he added. “First
of all, I am giving you my allotment. If you want to propose a bill, do it from
my allotment. If you want to make a motion, do it from my
Danon also offered to let Shamalov-Berkovich use his vote in
the Knesset Aliya committee, which he chairs.