As Knesset Votes on Controversial ‘Jewish State’ Bill, Filibusters and Philosophical Arguments Ensue
Most Israelis believe Israel should be a Jewish and democratic state. Ask 120 of them what that means, however, and you’ll get hundreds of different answers.
Getting purposely thrown out of parliament to make a point is a time-honored Israeli political tradition. Here are some of the historical highlights of these oft-entertaining displays.
In an effort to curb Oren Hazan, the Knesset doubles down on protocol
“This is a consideration of justice in extreme circumstances,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
After decades of striving for reconciliation with the Palestinians, legislators on both sides of the aisle consider other options
Israeli Arabs at a Crossroads: How one woman in the Negev stands up against polygamy, abuse, and ignorance
The Knesset passed a law on Monday requiring local NGOs that receive more than half of their funding from foreign governments to disclose this information
Following an Israeli news report that 88 percent of Israel’s female lawmakers experienced harassment, MKs who told their stories hope they sent an empowering message to women
‘If people continue to stand at this podium and try to push Reform and Conservative Jews out of the people of Israel, we will lose the majority of the Jewish world’
A Knesset plenary got heated after Likud MK Anat Berko called pronunciation into a discussion about a two-state solution
Last year, two Palestinians shot and stabbed passengers on a public bus in Jerusalem. One of the terrorists was killed, and his father wants his body returned. So he’s turned to three MKs for help.
‘Change needs to come from a deeper place, and religion reaches those deep, painful areas’
A scene that could only happen on the floor of Israel’s parliament
Perpetrators now face up to 10 years in prison regardless of whether or not harmful intent can be proven
The only party to vote for it was the one that proposed it
The legislation was introduced as a temporary security measure in 2003, and will now be subject to deeper discussion
Was his comment really worse than American politicians’ electioneering?