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Knesset Speaker Edelstein’s ‘Controversial’ Visit to Address British Parliament

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein is set to visit the British Parliament in London on Wednesday at the invitation of his counterpart, John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons.

Edelstein will address a joint session of peers and Members of Parliament in the first-ever official visit by an Israeli Knesset Speaker. He will also meet with Prime Minister David Cameron.

However.

The visit has already raised a ruckus among British opponents to Israel and those in the Palestinian Authority as well, because Edelstein lives in part of an area that British leaders claim is “occupied” by Israel.

Edelstein maintains, “It’s a disputed territory. We didn’t take it from any other country. They claim it’s theirs, we claim it’s ours,” he told media at a briefing in Israel.

He told media he hopes to develop closer bonds between the Israeli and British parliaments.

“Governments come and go but parliaments stay,” he told The Telegraph. “If you’re smart enough to base the relationship bipartisan then it doesn’t matter who is in power.”

Hana Levi Julian

Speaker Edelstein Making Overtures for Unity Government

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

(JNi.media) Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud), who told the Knesset on Tuesday there was an urgent need to form a unity government, has been acting behind the scenes to turn his idea into reality, NRG reported. In recent days, Edelstein spoke with the leader of the opposition, MK Itzhak Herzog, and tried to feel him out regarding the possibility of his party joining Netanyahu’s government.

Edelstein expects to spend the coming days in talks with the leaders of Israel Beiteinu and Yesh Atid, Avigdor Lieberman and Yair Lapid. The speaker does not intend to pressure party leaders into a partnership with the Likud, but rather to probe whether they are at all open for a discussion, in view of the difficult security situation.

“Many citizens have been crying out for days and weeks since the wave of terrorism began, that the time has come to do something,” Edelstein said from the Knesset podium Tuesday, adding, “This is a moment of truth for Israel. This is the time to put the disputes aside. It is time for all of to unite in the face of terrorism. It is time to stand as one front, strong and robust.” And, therefore, Edelstein said, “I urge all of you in this House and the leadership of Israel, and all those for whom the fate, future and strength of Israel is important and dear, to get up and join the government. It is time for a unity government. This is not the hour of minor considerations, this is no time to play games for honors or seats.”

“I have no doubt that the vast majority of the public is looking at us puzzled and concerned, expecting us to show maturity and responsibility, and to abandon the routine business, because this is not the time for routine but an emergency,” Edelstein declared. “In the face of nasty and lowly attacks — there are no camps. In face of a murderous enemy, who wants only to weaken us and make us disappear from here — there are no political parties and no sectarianism.”

Speaker Edelstein did not reveal whether he was acting on behalf of Prime Minister Netanyahu, and whether he received the consent of the PM’s right-wing partner, Bayit Yehudi, for his campaign.

JNi.Media

Shmita News: Knesset Committee Approves Bill to Erase Debts of the Destitute

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

(JNi.media) A new “Shmita Law,” releasing more than 20 thousand Israelis who are too poor to meet their debt obligations, has passed on Tuesday in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice committee and is on its way to a House vote.

Every seven years, according to Torah law, on the year of Shmita (Heb: to drop), all financial debts are forgiven. The rabbis, seeing that a literal application of this law would bring the market to a halt, devised means of forcing debtors to pay up, but the principle by which people down on their luck get an opportunity to start over is important. Important enough to be on its way to becoming a law in Israel, and how fitting it is that the legislation will take place during 5775, which happens to be a Shmita year.

At the end of a long discussion Tuesday, the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice committee, headed by MK Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) unanimously passed the “Shmita Law” which erases the debts registered with the Execution Office against thousands of Israelis with limited means, when there is no chance that they would return the debts to their creditors, Kalkalist reported.

The committee decided to apply the new law to those who have been defined as limited over the past four years, rather than over five years as stipulated in the original government bill, a change that increases the number of potential beneficiaries to 22 thousand.

The committee’s decision was unanimous.

The law was initiated in the current Knesset by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi), and has been merged with a bill offered by MK Merav Michaeli (Labor). According to the new law, debt write-offs will apply over the next three years to debtors whose overall outstanding debt is less than $210 thousand, and who do not owe more than $105 thousand to any single creditor, and they have complied with their assigned debt repayments for the previous three years.

In the current situation, borrowers who are unable to repay their debts can declare bankruptcy. But many debtors who come from disadvantaged population groups shy away from the bureaucratic complications involved. Instead, they submit to an examination of their financial ability by the Execution Office Registrar, who assigns them lower monthly payments according to their income.

But that level of payment is not enough to return the debt, and sometimes not even the interest, while in the meantime the debtor can’t use credit cards, open a bank account, establish a business or leave the country.

“About 22 thousand people, who have been living under the shadow of multiple debts and exorbitant interest rates can breathe a sigh of relief,” said Minister Shaked. “I congratulate the Constitution Committee, which approved the bill and contributed to a welcome change in Israel’s society and economy.”

According to estimates provided by the Justice Ministry in the past, the average debt of a person who is entitled to debt forgiveness is $65 thousand. Most of the debts are owed to institutions such as banks, government agencies and commercial companies.

Creditors are entitled to appeal to the Execution Office Registrar regarding debt erasure decisions.

JNi.Media

Shades of 2003, Vote Fraud in the Knesset Already! [video]

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

In 2003, Likud MK Michael Gorlovsky double-voted in the Knesset. He voted once for himself, and once for the absent Likud MK Gilad Erdan. He lost his seat in the 2006 elections, and in 2007 received a suspended sentence and community service for the double-vote.

Also in 2003, Likud MK Yehiel Hazan double-voted – twice, in place of the absent Likud MK Inbal Gavrieli. After being accused, he then tried to tamper with the voting equipment, and was caught in the act on the Knesset’s camera. Hazan was convicted and sentenced to 4 months community service and a 6 month suspended prison sentence. He also lost his seat in the 2006 elections.

Yesterday, while voting on the expansion of the number of government ministers, the Knesset ran a voice vote.

After Knesset Secretary Yardena Miller-Horovit called out the name of Zionist Camp MK Xenia Svetlova to vote, you hear a male voice yell out in response, “in favor”.

Whoever called out was not on camera at the time, which was run live on the Knesset Channel.

There was some confusion at that point, as it was clear that Svetlova wasn’t present.

The secretary then said whoever voted in her place was not right, and a discussion ensued between her and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who said he will deal with it.

The Knesset secretary continued the discussion, “What’s this? Someone voted in her place. Someone’s impersonating. It’s as if he voted for her. Just, they shouldn’t attack Oren.” That reference was to current Likud MK Oren Hazan, the son of Yehiel Hazan, mentioned above.

After a discussion by Knesset officials and legal advisers, it was decided that the Knesset would not investigate and try to discover who attempted to vote in place of MK Svetlova.

They made their decision based on the MK was not being visually caught on camera, and it would be difficult to firmly identify him, even though there’s only around 15-20 possible suspects (most likely from the Opposition), and second, since it’s a brand new Knesset, it was decided that whoever did it, did so “in good faith”.

Whoever it was, got very lucky yesterday.

But how does that bode for the rest of us?

Shalom Bear

Ayelet Shaked Has Armed Escort following Death Threats

Monday, May 11th, 2015

A personal armed guard now is escorting Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked following death threats.

Shaked is slated to be the Justice Minister, an appointment that has riled up the left-wing, which usually goes to bat for women but not if they are on the “wrong side” of the road.

The decision to escort Shaked with a guard was made by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Election Date Set for March 17, 2015

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

It’s amazing that after all the fighting and all the disagreements that the heads of Israel’s political parties were able to politely sit down together in a room, and actually reach an agreement on something.

At the meeting held in the office of Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelsteinin it was decided that March 17, 2015 – the 26th of Adar 5775, would be the date for the upcoming general elections.

Teh Likud and Bayit Yehudi wanted March 10, Labor wanted March 17, and the Arab parties wanted election held in April.

The Knesset will vote today on a preliminary reading to dissolve the Knesset, and the final reading is expected to be next week.

Elections must be held, according to law, within 90 to 150 days of the government being dissolved, and on a Tuesday.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu fired ministers Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid, stating they were acting like the opposition while within the government.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Knesset Synagogue Bars Reform and Conservative Jews from ‘Mixed Prayer’

Friday, November 28th, 2014

American rabbinical students from the Conservative movement studying in Israel were prevented from holding afternoon prayers with men and women together in the Knesset synagogue, JTA reported.

Haaretz reported that the decision was handed down by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, and the students were offered alternative place to pray. Reform and Reconstructionist students also were in the group at the Knesset, where the synagogue is designated as Orthodox.

“A lot of the students were very upset and shocked,” said Rabbi Joel Levy, director of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, who submitted the request on behalf of the students, told Haaretz. “You’d think that the Knesset would be a place of ingathering of the Jewish people, but actually we learned that it has boundaries that don’t include liberal Jews. Paradoxically, this decision served as an appropriate end to our conversation about religion and state in Israel.”

(One wonders if they are equally as upset and shocked that no Jews are allowed to pray on Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount.)

So here we go again. The Knesset implicitly a place that is not for the “ingathering of the Jewish people” because the synagogue is Orthodox.

Not only that, but “liberal Jews” are not allowed.

The minute they throw around the term “egalitarian prayers,” Orthodoxy has three strikes against it.

Once Judaism is defined by secular values, it becomes a monopoly of the liberals, who are tolerant of everyone who accepts them and then close the doors on anyone who challenges their power.

Power is what the argument is all about. It is the same issue that is behind the Women of the Wall movement, which gathered hundreds of thousands of supporters in the United States but which in practice cannot come up with more than a few dozen people –perhaps 100 on a sunny day – to demonstrate,  whoops – pray,  at the Western Wall once a month.

So here comes the Masoriti movement to the Knesset, where it wants their students to have a real spiritual experience and pray – men and women together – in the legislature’s synagogue.

When the Orthodox Jews set the rules, it is called a monopoly.

When the “liberals” set the rules, it is called democracy.

It would be interesting to know if the students at the Knesset have an afternoon prayer service every day, or is it only when they visit the Knesset?

And if they do, why cannot they respect the sanctity of the lace where there is a minyan of Jews every day, three times a day, instead of grabbing headlines for their “egalitarian” agenda that they think is “modern” and superior?

Okay. We gave them their headlines, just like we did with the Women of the Wall.

I wish the students an enjoyable visit in Israel but ask, “Why is it that Orthodox Jews make up such large numbers of those who move to Israel?”

Do the Reform and Conservative Jews visit Israel and go “home” because there is no mixed seating in the Knesset synagogue?

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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