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Israeli Arab MK Urges Establishment of Arab College in Negev

“There are thousands of Arab students from the Negev studying medicine and other topics abroad,” Abu Arar said.

Knesset Committee to Ban MKs’ BDS-Funded Trips Abroad

Committee chairman MK Kisch clarified that MKs would not be barred from paying visits to these organizations, but only at their own expense.

Knesset Committee Chair: Home Front Unprepared for Next War

MK Peretz warned that civil society would not be able to continue to provide services in a time of war.

Knesset Committee Approves Accessibility Law

The new policy was drafted by Meretz MK Ilan Gilon. It becomes law in February 2018.

Pence Scheduled to Address Knesset January 22 Barring Changes

"This speech is one that we will listen to with utmost attention, and here in the Knesset we will make every effort to host Vice President Pence in the most proper and impressive manner."

Knesset Committee Approves Salary Hike for Netanyahu, Cabinet Ministers

The raises are expected to cost the Israeli taxpayer approximately NIS 2 million ($600 million) per year.

New Poll: Lapid Receives 27 Seats, Netanyahu Only 22 in Wake of ‘Supermarkets Law’

Shas, which initiated the Supermarket Law, is not benefiting from it for the time being, and is expected to win only 4 seats (down from 7) – barely passing the threshold, if that.

Opposition Loses Nasty Coup, Calling Vote While Rightwing MKs Attended Murder Victim’s Funeral

The opposition seized the moment and asked to cut the debate on the bill and go directly to a vote – knowing they could carry the day, with the other side caught unsuspecting.

Herzog Envisions Palestinian Sovereignty Over Parts of Unified Jerusalem

He interpreted President Trump's declaration on Jerusalem to mean that "the limits of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are determined by negotiations."

Shabbat Supermarket Law Squeaks Through by 58 to 57

MK Yulia Malinovsky, whose coalition party Yisrael Beiteinu broke rank and voted against the bill, asked the Likud members from the podium Monday night when did they become a Haredi party.

Anxious Knesset Committee Urges Regulators to Take a Stand on Bitcoin

"We're leaving here worried because we've heard a kind of stutter here [from the experts]," Gafni rebuked the committee's guest experts.

Kahlon’s Draconian 2019 Budget Shuts 22 Missions Abroad, Curtails Aliyah Assistance

The 2019 budget proposal also includes a cut of $29 million in the absorption budget for new olim, so that financial and other assistance will be allocated only to olim who can prove poverty. Because that's what Israel wants to encourage: more indigent olim.

Shouting Match Between Netanyahu, Bennett, Reveals Coalition’s Frailty

Bennett views himself as Netanyahu's natural successor – and to get there, being nice to the PM is hardly a prerequisite.

Death Penalty for Terrorists Passed in Preliminary Vote

MK Robert Ilatov: "All those who claim that we can lose our deterrence against terrorist organizations [if we apply the death penalty], will those people tell me if imprisonment of terrorists is a deterrence?"

MK Glick Pressured to ‘Leave Shiva’ In Order to Vote on Shabbat Bill

MK Glick's spokesperson confirmed the incident did indeed take place. The measure was closely debated, but generally votes are put off when a death has taken place.

New Law Requires 80 MKs to Transfer Parts of Jerusalem

"The IDF's withdrawal from Lebanon and the disengagement plan from the Gaza Strip have proven that terrorist elements […] enter the areas from which Israel withdraws."

MK Yehuda Glick’s Wife Yafa Passed Away

In June, Yehuda Glick posted an emotional call on his Facebook page and his personal Twitter account, calling on people to pray for his wife's recovery.

Israel Planning Aggressive Measures Against African Illegals

At present, Israel is home to an estimated 40,000 infiltrators from Africa.

Knesset to Debate Backdoor Sovereignty in Judea, Samaria

Today, new laws enacted by the Knesset are not applied directly to Israeli citizens living in the liberated territories, but require the involvement of the military government.

‘Police Recommendations’ Amendment Squeaks By after Stormy 58 Hour Debate

Before the vote, there was a vociferous confrontation between MK Oren Hazan (Likud) and MK Hanin Zoabi (Joint Arab List) Arab List), during which she called him a pimp and he informed her that he couldn't get even a two-legged goat for her.

Honduras, Panama to Transfer Embassies to Jerusalem, Following US and Guatemala

As with Guatemala, the embassies will transfer from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem only after the relocation of the U.S. Embassy.

MK Hazan Gets Security Detail after Cursing Out Terrorists’ Families

Following the incident, Hamas condemned Hazan as a sadist, saying his behavior mirrored that of "the occupation," which the Knesset Guards evaluated as a threat on the MK's life.

Knesset Passes Shabbat Work Permits Law with Halakhic Stipulations

"These works, carried out in public, severely harm both the Jewish character of the state and the feelings of millions of religious and traditional residents in the State of Israel."

‘God Bless You, My Friend President Morales… We’re Waiting for You Here in Jerusalem’

"God bless you, my friend, President Morales. God bless both our countries – Israel and Guatemala. We are waiting for you here in Jerusalem."

Knesset Committee Survey of Street Modesty Signs Cut Short over Security Concerns

Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) compared the women's committee's visit to Beit Shemesh to a visit by supporters of Rabbi Meir Kahane to Umm al-Fahm.

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