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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday approved a private member’s
bill calling for the construction of a security fence along the Israeli-Egyptian
border, but said the bill, proposed by MK Ya’acov Katz (National Union), should
be coordinated with the government.
Likud MK Yariv Levine told The
Jerusalem Post that the government had already decided to build a fence and
therefore did not oppose Katz’s bill, but insisted that the government have
control over the terms of its planning and construction.
development, the committee approved a bill proposed by Levine, Kadima MK Yisrael
Hasson, Likud MK Ze’ev Elkin and others, giving the Knesset the right to halt
salary, pension and other payments and benefits to MKs or former MKs who have
been convicted, indicted or suspected of criminal offenses subject to
punishments of five years in prison or more.
The bill is aimed at former
MK Azmi Bishara, who fled the country after learning that he was under
investigation by police for allegedly having spied for Hizbullah.
though he resigned from his position and escaped abroad, Bishara is still
receiving his pension from the Knesset.
According to the proposal, “at
least 10 MKs are entitled to ask the attorney-general to declare that a member
of Knesset who is suspected [of] or charged with a criminal offense whose
punishment is five years in prison or more, which he committed during his term
as an MK, or if [he] was convicted of such a crime, and... did not show up for
investigation or trial for which he was summoned, or for carrying out his
sentence without good reason... the Knesset is empowered, in accordance with the
recommendation of the Knesset House Committee, to decide to halt salary and
other payments to which he is entitled as an MK, either in part or
Some committee members added a reservation to their approval,
demanding that the attorney-general not be involved in the procedure.
committee also approved two bills – one initiated by United Torah
Uri Maklev and Moshe Gafni, and the other by Labor MK Eitan Cabel –
payments to the health clinics. Currently there is a ceiling on the
money that a family must pay to the clinics.
If the family pays more than
that amount, the clinic takes the money and the onus is on the family to
that it paid too much.
The Maklev-Gafni bill calls to reverse the
Cabel’s bill deals with the current situation whereby health
clinic subscribers must make a quarterly payment for extra medical
such as a visit to a specialist, among other things.
At the beginning of
each new quarter, the subscriber must pay again for the extra service,
fewer than three months have elapsed since the last payment.
Cabel’s bill, the quarterly period would be calculated from the first
extra payment was made, and the subscriber would not have to pay again
three months had gone by.
Also on Sunday, 400 Eilat residents protested
against the increasingly common phenomenon of illegal migrants flocking
vacation destinations for work.
Municipality workers and the mayor took
part in the protests to demand government action to resolve the issue.