Women’s retirement bill jumps first hurdle

in a rare move, coalition chair Elkin (Likud) removed coalition discipline from a vote with serious budgetary ramifications.

July 14, 2011 03:53
2 minute read.
Tzipi Hotovely

Tzipi Hotovely 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A bill proposed by MK Dalia Itzik (Kadima) to keep the retirement age for women at 62 was approved in its preliminary reading on Wednesday after, in a rare move, coalition chair MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) removed coalition discipline from a vote with serious budgetary ramifications that had been proposed by the opposition.

Elkin announced the move after Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat (Likud), Knesset Committee on the Status of Women chairwoman MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), and MKs from every faction in the coalition said they would support the bill, even if it is counter to the government’s original stance on the issue, and is opposed by Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

'Emergency’ meeting against women’s retirement age jump
Bill seeks to halt increase in women’s retirement age
Editorial: A fairer retirement for the fairer sex

After the bill was approved, with 67 in favor and only Steinitz opposed, Itzik said, “this is a happy day for Israel’s women, despite the Finance Ministry’s intentions.”

Similar bills proposed by MK Zahava Gal-On (Meretz) and MK Afo Agbaria (Hadash) also passed their preliminary reading.

In addition, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke out in support of Itzik’s bill on Wednesday morning.

“From the first moment women’s retirement age was on the agenda, Israel Beiteinu had a very clear stance on it, and we will not backtrack,” Lieberman said. “We will oppose any change.”

“I told the heads of the coalition this morning that we will support Dalia Itzik’s bill,” he said.

“Israel Beiteinu is also active in social issues, which are some of the most important decisions made in the Knesset,” the foreign minister pointed out, as MK Orly Levy-Abecasis (Israel Beiteinu), one of the outspoken advocates on the issue, grinned and nodded next to him.

Kadima saw the lack of coalition discipline as a victory.

“The coalition waved a white flag before the battle began,” a party spokesman said. “Male and female MKs announced that they would rebel, and [Elkin] was afraid of losing.”

Last month, the Finance Ministry recommended that the retirement age for women be raised from 62 to 67, which led to an uproar among female and male MKs alike.

At Tuesday’s “emergency conference” on the topic, organized by MK Faina Kirschenbaum (Israel Beiteinu) and MK Zahava Gal-On (Meretz), female MKs and ministers warned of the difficulty women have finding and keeping jobs as they grow older.

“Only half of women over age 50 work full-time, as opposed to 88 percent of men,” Livnat explained.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN