Knesset pushes off local elections for Rabin Memorial Day

The Knesset has officially approved MK Ofir Paz Pines's suggestion to push off the elections for local authorities in order to prevent their falling on the anniversary of the death of Yitzhak Rabin. The bill is temporary, and unanimously passed the first reading. The original law specifies that local elections must take place once every five years, on the third Tuesday of the Hebrew month of Heshvan, or, in the case of a Jewish leap-year, on the first Tuesday of the month of Heshvan. According to this rule, this year's local elections would fall on November 4, 2008 on the Christian calendar, the day the former prime minister was killed. "I am happy about the decision. It is our duty to do all we can to uphold Rabin's legacy in the the national memory." Nevertheless, according to Israeli law, the anniversary of Rabin's death is determined by the Jewish, not the Christian calendar.