The Minister of Liaison between the Government and the Knesset, Dudi Amsalem, who has a veto in the Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs, announced today (Friday) to Committee Chairman Avi Nissenkorn that he does not intend to pass laws this week on non-urgent issues related to Corona. Against conversion therapies, which passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset on Wednesday.
He said, “The cooperation between the parties in the coalition is built on trust, but when it is violated it is difficult to continue working together. The case this week was particularly serious and obscured the working relationship between us.”
Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs, Avi NissenkornHe said in response to Minister Amsalem: “Cooperation is indeed based on trust. Therefore, it is puzzling to the Likud’s decision to violate coalition discipline in favor of violating the rule of law by questioning judges in Israel. The decision to violate the coalition agreement on the budget, at a time when citizens need economic certainty, is puzzling. “.
He said, “The struggle in Corona while preserving civil rights and dealing with the economic crisis are really the main issues. I expect partners to act at all times with credibility and cooperation. Blue and white will remain a sane and valued compass.”
As you may recall, the Knesset plenum on Wednesday approved in a preliminary reading the Meretz chairman’s bill, MK Nitzan Horowitz, banning psychologists from performing conversion therapies. The proposal passed with the support of 42 MKs against 36 who opposed. The two proud ministers, Amir Ohana and Itzik Shmuli, supported the proposal.
The results of the vote caused a crisis in the coalition, with the heads of the ultra-Orthodox parties sharply criticizing Blue and White and the Likud, and even declaring that they would consider their political steps. Shas announced that party members would not participate in the plenum vote until further notice.