A special Knesset Committee established to formulate the final version of the bill on the Jewish character of the state, will gather for its first meeting not earlier than July 24.
As it became known NEWSru.co.il this meeting is going to take part, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Note that the meeting will be held the last week of the summer session of the Knesset 20 convocation and discussion of the draft law at the plenary session will be held before October, when the Knesset returns from recess.
10 July it became known that formed the special Commission which will prepare the bill to the vote in plenary. The Commission is composed of 10 deputies from the coalition and six from the opposition. After lengthy discussions it was decided that a Commission headed by Knesset member Amir Ohana («Likud»). After the Commission was formed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the bill will be approved in the first reading before the end of the summer session. In the entourage of the Deputy Amir Potection claim that «most likely, before leaving for the holidays the law was approved in first reading will not.»
May 10, at the plenary session of the Knesset in a preliminary reading approved a bill that defines the state of Israel as the state of the Jewish people («hawk of LEOM»).
The bill defines Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. According to the draft law, Israel’s capital is Jerusalem, and the official language is Hebrew. In turn, the Arabic language will receive special status. The bill says that Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, which has the exclusive right to national self-determination in Israel.
We are talking about a private bill submitted by Knesset member AVI Dichter over (Likud).