The plenary voted on a bill that would allow the government to impose restrictions without the Knesset's approval.
Corona community to discuss approval of the bill on second and third reading
Oren Ben Hakun - Archive
In a majority of 47 coalition members versus 35 opposition members: The Knesset plenary on Monday approved, first reading, a government bill designed to amend the validity of emergency regulations to allow the government to implement them even before they were approved by the Knesset. After approval, the Corona Commission convened to discuss the bill's approval for a second and third reading during the night.
According to the explanation of the bill, "the data mean that if the current rate continues in 24 days, there will be about 8,000 new patients each day and a total of close to 60,000 patients. Even if hospitalized rates, severely ill and deceased patients are maintained, These are thousands of hospitalized, hundreds of seriously ill and hundreds of deceased. This requires the government to take immediate steps to deal with the disease and spread of the virus. "
The bill was passed by Secretary of State Tzahi Braverman to Knesset Secretary Yardena Meller-Horowitz, with an accompanying letter asking the Knesset to release the bill from a discount requirement to expedite the legislative process.
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In the afternoon, the Knesset committee had already convened to release it from the assumption duty. At the end of a heated debate, during which the opposition representatives came out strongly against the procedure that is contrary to the Knesset's work procedures - the request was approved.
The bill stipulates that the government may amend the regulations without prior approval of the Knesset committee. The Commission may authorize the whole or part of the order within ten days. Failure to do so will result in the Knesset Speaker's approval for the plenum within three days. If the committee then decides not to approve it, it will expire.
Opposition Chairman MK Yair Lapid Mish Atid-Tal said that "The Great Corona Law means that this theater can be closed, to tell us all to go home, because there is no more Knesset and there is only one executive branch in the State of Israel, no more legislative authority ".
Dr. Amir Fox, a researcher at the Israeli Democracy Institute, referred to the bill: "The legislation aimed at empowering the government to impose additional restrictions without prior approval by the Knesset committee is another instance of the government's chaos and uncontrollability in managing the Corona crisis. This is a law that will grant wide freedom, far too much, to the government, for a month, without any parliamentary oversight. This, when concurrently with a constitutional committee, is a legislative process of the Corona Powers Law, in which delicate balances were required that required the approval of the Knesset and the declaration of a special emergency. "
Dr. Fox added that "Knesset debates are important not just to protect human rights. This is because in order to gain public confidence, such dramatic decisions must be approved by the Knesset and must be closely monitored by parliament. "