Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
The government has not taken the necessary actions to implement more than 50 laws the Knesset passed in recent years, Speaker Yuli Edelstein wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Many laws require the relevant government ministry to pass regulations via the Knesset’s committees in order to be implemented.
The regulations stipulate the details of how the laws are enacted, and the Knesset’s legal office found that such regulations were not passed for 51 laws that need them.
Several of the laws were passed more than a decade ago. Two – one providing free education to children who are hospitalized for long periods of time, and another helping immigrants impacted by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster – were passed in 2001.
In Edelstein’s letter on Wednesday, he pointed out that he had previously written to the prime minister about the problem in February 2014, when there were 46 such cases.
“Although more than two years have passed since my previous letter... this phenomenon continues to exist, both in the list of cases I sent in my last letter and in new laws passed in the last two years,” he wrote.
“This prevents the implementation of arrangements in socioeconomic areas on which the Knesset worked very hard.”
Edelstein called to put an end to the phenomenon, and asked Netanyahu to instruct the ministers to pass the necessary regulations as soon as possible and make sure to do so in a timely fashion in the future.