Legislative impotence

The Knesset is Israel’s sovereign authority, but MKs rarely wield this power. Instead, they seem to feel their job is done once they’ve issued a press statement about a problem.

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September 13, 2011 14:03
Mofaz

Mofaz. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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