At a meeting of the «Israel Our home» party Chairman defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has criticized a bill on the Jewish character of the state. «Of all the laws that stand now on the agenda, it bothers me more than anything. Instead it was about the state of the Jewish people, we propose to transform Israel into a state of Halacha,» said Lieberman.
For comment on this issue and also about the situation in the coalition, editorial NEWSru.co.il addressed to the head of the faction «Bayt Yehudi» Shuli Mualem-Refaeli.
«I was not very clear what he’s talking about Avigdor Lieberman. First, he never spoke of his objection to this bill. Moreover, at the meetings of the leadership of the coalition with representatives of NDI, this issue was not raised. I want to remind you that the basis of this bill is the proposal that was put forward in the last Knesset Ayelet shaked and head of the Yisrael Beiteinu Robert by Filatovym, and it makes the objections of Lieberman, even more strange,» said Shuli Mualem-Refaeli.
She added that the objections of NDI against this bill is unclear and in fact. «This law says that the state of Israel is the state of the Jewish people. It guaranteed the civil rights of all, including non-Jews. From here a huge way to the state of Halacha» she said. According to Shuli Mualem-Refaeli, this law will be approved: «In the preparation of such a bill is very important to allow time for deep discussion. In the end, will be voting in the first reading, and then will continue work on the bill before its final adoption».
Commenting on the situation inside the coalition, the head of the «Bayt Yehudi» said that the crisis has apparently been overcome: «MP David Bitan realized that you can’t make the vote Basic law without the consent of all factions. In the «Bayt Yehudi», there is no consensus about the «French law», in the «Kulanu» strongly object to it. So the Basic laws are not carried out».
Shuli Mualem-Refaeli refused to answer the question of whether to return to this bill on the agenda, or he «buried» finally. «I don’t want to predict anything. Now the advancement of the bill frozen for a month. We will continue discussions within the coalition, within the factions and see what result will come,» said she.
About bill forbidding the police to put forward recommendations on the results of the investigation by Shuli Moalem-Refaeli said, «next Sunday the coalition intends to bring the bill to a vote in the Ministerial Committee on legislation. We are not talking about the basic law, so there is no consensus in the coalition. We need only remember that if such a bill is approved by the inter-Ministerial Commission on legislation, it will require all factions of the coalition in the future to vote for him.» According to the MP, at a fraction of the «Bayt Yehudi» there was no discussion of this bill.
The head of the «Bayt Yehudi» said the crisis coalition at the beginning of the winter session of the Knesset, can be overcome: «Some days there was an atmosphere of deep division and instability. I hope now it is behind us, and the coalition will be able to resume efficient operation. None of the parties included in the coalition is not interested in early elections».
Knesset member from the party «Israel Our home» Oded Forer said in an interview with NEWSru.co.il that it is not about the objection to the law as such, but against its current version. «As you move the bill, it always acquires additional paragraphs which were not in the original version. This bill is cluttered with different additives that are not related to the Jewish character of the state,» said Forer. «And here Jewish right? And here the day off? All of this will be included in the basic law, which takes precedence over all other laws. Even from the law of return they took only the first point. And what about the relatives of the Jews? Where is the guarantee that tomorrow will not be a legal counselor who interpretered the law in a certain way?»
Oded Forer said that his party will seek the approval of the Declaration of independence of Israel as a Basic law.
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