kids ride bikes on Yom Kippur.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Justice Ministry on Thursday rejected charges by Welfare and Social Affairs
Ministry Director-General Nahum Itzkovich that it was too slow in obtaining
Knesset approval for a bill aimed at removing bureaucratic obstacles to the
transfer of information about minors in danger from one government ministry or
agency to another.
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Itzkovich made the comment on Army Radio while
discussing Wednesday’s murders of six-year-old Natalie and four-year-old Roni,
by their mother, Michal Aloni, in their Ra’anana home.
draft of the bill was presented by the Welfare Ministry to the Justice Ministry
at the beginning of June of this year, and that was only because of a decision
by a special ministerial committee to fight pedophilia,” Justice Ministry
spokesman Moshe Cohen said. “The committee told the Welfare Ministry to take
charge of preparing the necessary amendments to remove the
Cohen said the bill prepared by the Welfare Ministry was
submitted in rough draft form.
The Justice Ministry found that there were
significant disputes among the ministries involved regarding the model proposed
by the Welfare Ministry. As a result, the Justice Ministry decided to help out
by coordinating with the other relevant ministries, including health, public
security, and education as well as the police.
attorneys-general for legislation and criminal affairs, Orit Koren and Rachel
Gotlieb, conducted several meetings with the other ministries to work on the
The last one was held on Monday. During these meetings, the
Justice Ministry was able to close the gaps and reach a compromise that, for the
most part, was acceptable to all. The draft will be disseminated among them for
consideration on the way to preparing the bill, Cohen said.
Justice Ministry’s explanation, the Welfare Ministry stuck to its guns. “Since
lives are at stake here, we believe it would have been possible to speed up the
procedures,” Nahum Ido, head of the supportive housing service, said in reply to
a query by The Jerusalem Post