Opposition members boycott Knesset plenum session in protest

Opposition members on Tuesday boycotted the Knesset plenum session in protest of what they call "a targeted assassination" of the opposition's standing. In a press conference, opposition members said a series of bills proposed by coalition parties aims to change the parliamentary balance in Israel. "I don't remember a series [of bills] so harmful to the Knesset," Kadima faction chairman MK Dalia Itzik said. On Tuesday afternoon, during a Knesset session, opposition members left the hall one by one. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) pleaded with them to stay, but said later that "the opposition is cutting the branch on which it sits. It will not determine which laws will be laid at the Knesset's table."