The Knesset’s House Committee on Monday gave the green light to accelerate the ratification of a bill calling for the dissolution of the parliament.
The session quickly turned stormy as Knesset members debated the issue, as well as another piece of legislation that has found itself in the center of the political tumult – the Tal Law, which effectively grants army service exemptions to charedim.
MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) was called to order three times before being forced to leave the meeting. Gafni accused the legislators of being unfairly preoccupied with the ultra-Orthodox sector while ignoring other burning issues.
“Charedim are the only thing on your mind,” the religious Knesset member yelled as he left the session. “You should address education first. You should learn from us how to educate. Violence is rampant, children are murdered, and all you can talk about is the Tal Law. I’m sick of it.”
With the House Committee’s approval, the Knesset is to vote on the parliament dissolution bill later Monday. The Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs approved the bill earlier in the day.
House Committee Chairman MK Yariv Levin (Likud) said at the meeting that the recent instability within the government has made early elections imperative.
“We have come to realize that we must reconsider our governing system and the way that things are run in order to generate stability,” he said. “There is no avoiding the measure that we’re discussing here today.”
Members of the Kadima faction asked to postpone the dispersal of the Knesset by a few days, until an alternative to the Tal Law is passed. The Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs on Monday agreed to submit several proposed replacements to the law for preliminary Knesset votes.
Minister Meshulam Nahari appealed the decision, effectively freezing the proposals indefinitely. The Tal Law is set to expire in August.