Wednesday, July 27, the head of the coalition David Biton announced that henceforth the coalition factions will automatically vote against all the bills submitted by the opposition.
This step came in response to the opposition’s attempt to block discussion of the financial Committee of the Knesset law on the validity of the state budget. As previously reported, 5 the opposition organized a filibuster, forcing the Commission Chairman Moshe Gafni to announce the termination of the meeting and its transfer on Thursday morning.
MP Stav Shafir («the Zionist camp») spoke for four hours, Mickey levy («Yesh Atid») took the podium for two hours.
The decision of David Bitana «punish» the opposition has caused outrage among opposition factions. The head of the «Zionist camp» meirav Michaeli sent an urgent letter to the speaker of the Knesset Julius Edelstein, in which he said that the opposition intends to boycott the plenary meetings and of vote before the lifting of sanctions, announced by David Bitanem. Michaeli called these sanctions «outrageous and inconsiderate», and also asked the speaker of Parliament to intervene in the situation.
After a short meeting of the representatives of the coalition and the opposition in the office of the speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein, the parties came to the agreement on the mutual abolition of sanctions. The discussion of the draft budget will continue in the Finance Committee of the Knesset.
The filibuster is a legitimate and common method of struggle of the opposition against the government and coalition, and it is used generally in discussion of the state budget. In 1993, the Deputy from the Likud’s Michael Eitan continuously on the podium of the Knesset for ten hours and seven minutes.