Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin and his deputies voted on Monday not to extend the
current Knesset session, despite requests from Interior Minister Eli Yishai of
Shas and opposition leader Tzipi Livni of Kadima.
The move was rejected
with a vote of seven opposed and only the Shas and Kadima representatives in
favor. The proposal will not be brought to a vote in the Knesset House
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“The Knesset is not taking the protests lightly, and the
recess does not cancel the need for decisions and public discussion,” Rivlin
“The Knesset hears the demonstrators, but the government is
responsible for responding. If the government plans socioeconomic processes
during the recess, which require authorization from the Knesset, I will convene
the plenum without delay,” he explained.
Most Knesset faction leaders
told Rivlin that they did not favor shortening the recess, which will begin on
Sunday. In addition, Rivlin explained that the summer recess was planned for
August in order to include Ramadan, and so that MKs could spend time with their
children who have vacation from school.
A Kadima source accused Rivlin of
“preparing a political escape route for [Prime Minister Binyamin]
“The Knesset is at the mercy of the Likud’s temporary
political majority, and is surrounded by walls of inflexibility,” the source
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