Knesset Law Committee votes to raise electoral threshold

The Knesset Law Committee voted on Sunday to approve a proposal by committee chairman David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu) to raise the electoral threshold from two to four percent.
The proposal will be brought to the Knesset plenum for approval along with other electoral reforms on Wednesday; however, none of the reforms are expected to be passed into law in their final readings until the Knesset returns from its extended summer recess in October.
Arab MKs protested that the vote was held during Ramadan on a Sunday when both Muslims and Christians in their parties were inconvenienced from coming.