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An important amendment that will prevent the Knesset from being canceled


Gideon Oak

The amendment to the Basic Law: The Knesset, which promotes Chairman of the Blue and White faction in MK Knesset Avi Nissenkorn and MK Yizhar Shay (Blue and White), is an important amendment designed to allow the Knesset to continue functioning as long as the restrictions adopted to prevent the spread of the Corona virus and the guidelines continue. Prohibiting more than 18 MKs from staying in one Knesset hall at the same time.

To date, the law stipulates that debates and votes will be held only in the Knesset, and may only be attended by MKs present in the debate. However, the law states that "in special circumstances, the Speaker of the Knesset, in consultation with the deputies, may convene the Knesset elsewhere." Throughout the years, this was not done, and there was a rigor of holding all the debates and votes in the Knesset plenum even during wars.

This must sometimes be called upon by the Knesset with important votes, including MKs who stayed in or before the hospital to have a majority vote. Thus, for example, when the Disengagement Plan and the Compensation Evacuation Law were approved for the Knesset plenary in 2004, there was a fear that there would be no majority. For this reason, the MK then called Eli Aflalo from the Likud, who had undergone a head surgery a few days earlier. Appalo came to the Knesset on a wheelchair and participated in the vote.

About two years ago, the Knesset conducted an exercise in the "Knesset Always" project, which is intended to ensure the continuation of the Knesset hearings even in a situation where the Knesset residence is disabled. Then the possibility of holding discussions at the Van Lear Institute located near the President's residence was examined in an emergency.

Compared to the plenary hearings, there have been quite a few cases in the past where debates of the Knesset committees were held outside the Mishkan. Section 111 (a) of the Knesset By-Law allows this. He states that "meetings of the Knesset committees will be held at the Knesset residence. A committee may be approved by the Speaker of the Knesset and in special cases to hold meetings outside the Knesset residence." However, ministers and MKs have never been allowed to participate in discussions and voting from their home.

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Source: israelhayom

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