fmr minister of Welfare and Social Affairs Isaac Herzog 390.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Labor faction chairman Isaac Herzog vowed to quash Yesh Atid’s proposal for
electoral reform in a meeting on Monday with Knesset Speaker Yuli
Herzog told his faction that Yesh Atid’s plan was “dangerous”
and is a copy of an electoral plan submitted by Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor
“We are going to fight against the plan,” Herzog said. “We have
to stop it.”
On Sunday, the Ministerial Committee on Legislation passed
Yesh Atid’s electoral reform bill, clearing the way for it to pass into law by
the end of the month, when the Knesset begins its summer recess.
bill, proposed by MK Ronen Hoffman, calls for limiting the number of ministers
to 18, who can each hold only one portfolio, and capping the number of deputy
ministers at four. The bill would raise the minimum number of MKs required to
pass a no-confidence motion from 61 to 65 and the electoral threshold from two
to four percent.
The bill’s next step will take place Wednesday, when it
will come to a vote in a preliminary reading in the Knesset plenum. There will
then be negotiations to combine it with a bill proposed by Knesset Law Committee
chairman David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu) that already passed in its preliminary
reading on May 8 before coming to final votes by the end of the
Hoffman said that Herzog’s comparison of his bill with Rotem’s
showed that he had not read it, and that the bills are actually very
“If we need to go to war against Labor to make the changes
that need to be made, we are ready to go to war,” Hoffman said.
leader Yair Lapid said the passage of Hoffman’s bill would be proof that his
party keeps its electoral promises.