(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post))
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation okayed a bill on Sunday that would give
parties more state funding if 35 percent of their Knesset candidates are
Likud and Labor ministers voted for it. Finance Minister Yuval
Steinitz and Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman opposed it, along with ministers
from Shas, who said they would appeal the decision.
The bill was
cosponsored by the head of the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of
MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), and Labor MK Einat Wilf and was drafted with
Power to Women non-profit organization.
Hotovely and Wilf expressed
confidence that the bill would pass in the Knesset plenum. The
approval on Sunday sends it to the Knesset with government backing.
struggle to advance the State of Israel to openness and liberty is
on many levels simultaneously, and encouraging more women to enter
one of them,” Wilf said. “This was an important victory on the way to a
breakthrough for women in politics in Israel.”
There are currently 22
female MKs out of 120, but the number is expected to grow soon, when
Nino Absadeze enters the Knesset in place of Kadima MK Eli Aflalo, who
leaving to co-chair the Jewish National Fund/Keren Kayamet Le’Israel.
faction is currently 35% female. The bill states that once the Knesset
40% female, the bill will be automatically canceled.
In the previous
Knesset, a similar bill was proposed but unlike this bill, it included
parties that did not field enough female candidates