Members of the Knesset ahead of a white night in which the Corona Law (Restriction of Demonstrations) is expected to be finally approved in the second and third readings in the plenum. According to an amendment to the law made today (Tuesday) by a constitutional committee that prepared its details, the law was supposed to enter into force at midnight, subject to its approval in the Knesset. Even before the law was put to a vote in the plenum, the Knesset committee decided to limit the debate and voting to only four hours by activating section 98, since the opposition submitted thousands of reservations to the law, which only lasted hundreds of hours.
The committee’s chairman, MK Eitan Ginzburg, said at the opening of the debate that “we are forced to make use of Article 98 of the Knesset Rules of Procedure. We tried to reach an understanding, but we were even refused.” “There are thousands of hours of discussion, which does not make sense. If we had reached an agreement, we would not have had to make further use of it.”
MK Meir Cohen Mish Atid responded by saying, “I suggest you do not be the flag bearer of the violation of opposition rights. “Every time they do something to us, and threaten to change the bylaws.” MK Boaz Toporovsky claimed that the law would mean that as long as the Corona is here, there will be no demonstrations. And that “the prime minister will extend the closure further and further, perhaps until Hanukkah.”
Ganz is trying to draw a line in the party
Simultaneously with a discussion in the Knesset committee earlier tonight, the chairman of the Blue and White faction, Bnei Gantz, convened members of his faction for an urgent meeting in an attempt to straighten the line before the vote. Ganz asked to hear the members of the faction object to the restriction of the demonstrations and despite this he also demanded that they form a uniform front of support for him later tonight.
Gantz’s focus is on two Knesset members who have already voted against the law on first reading. Pressure to oppose the law During the day, members of the faction received dozens of messages, some of which even sat down to respond to any caller in an attempt to appease the mood among the protesters.
As stated, the vote and approval of the law are expected to continue into the night when both the Blue and White and the Likud are dissatisfied with the wording of the law that was formulated, which may lead to further delays in its approval. The Likud was interested in lowering the dependence on a full closure of the economy as a condition for reducing the demonstrations, while in blue and white they said during the day that they would prefer to be content with the existing guidelines that allow the demonstrations to be reduced and not act to amend the law.
Lapid turned to my blue-and-white friends: “What if you just say no?”
Following the pressure from the left on my blue and white members to oppose the Corona law, opposition leader Yair Lapid wondered in the plenum “I ask my friends in blue and white. Explain to me what will happen to you if you enter the plenum today and just say no?”. Lapid added that “it is important for me to come here and take every opportunity to speak in the plenum as long as you allow me, as long as this government allows us to stand here and say that this is a terrible government that has failed to address Corona, because that is the next step.”
Lapid referred to a section of the law regarding demonstrations and said that “the whole issue of demonstrations is meant to distract from the terrible failure of this government in dealing with Corona. The economic failure, the health failure, the failure of values. “It is a failure that not our children, our grandchildren will still pay for it. But we will now neutralize the Knesset of Israel all night to make sure that no one can stand outside in capsules of 20 people, in the open air, with a mask on and say that this government is a terrible failure.”
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