Edelstein: Government negligence in upholding law is intolerable

Knesset Speaker, Legal Advisor demand government pass regulations, stop ignoring laws passed by legislature.

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February 4, 2014 20:24
Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein.

Yuli Edelstein 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

The government neglected to uphold 50 laws by failing to enact relevant regulations, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Knesset Legal Adviser Eyal Yinon said Tuesday.

Edelstein wrote a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, asking him to instruct his ministers to make regulations allowing them to uphold laws that were already passed and to be more careful to do so in a timely manner in the future.

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“This is a widespread and problematic phenomenon that means, in practicality, that the legislation is being foiled,” Edelstein wrote.

“This disrespects the government and the Knesset and cannot be tolerated.”

“The Knesset’s job isn’t only to legislate. We also supervise the government and make sure it implements the laws that are passed,” Edelstein explained in a press conference in his office.

Yinon presented the findings of an investigation by his office, which showed that the government failed to pass regulations enacting 50 of the 150 laws checked.

In another 50 cases, regulations were passed long after the laws were passed, even years later.


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