Discussion of Robert Ilatov draft law «On foreign agents» at the plenary session of Knesset, attracted the attention of the media due to clashes between the Meretz leader Zehava galon and head of Yisrael Beiteinu Avigdor Lieberman.
Robert Ilatov in its bill proposed to recognize the «foreign agents» organizations or individuals receiving funding from abroad and promoting the interests of foreign States. This bill is a logical continuation of the law on transparency of NGO funding, which was approved last week by the Knesset in the first reading.
The leader of Meretz Zehava Gal-on slammed the bill by going to the identity of those who seek its adoption. In particular, she stated that the NDI representatives are agents of the government of Azerbaijan, from which you get all sorts of benefits. According to her, when he was Minister of foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman promoted the interests of the companies owned by the government of Azerbaijan. «You seek recognition of the Armenian genocide, because they are «agents» of the government of Azerbaijan. After that you can demand transparency from public organisations?!».
Avigdor Lieberman, in turn, reminded the Zehava galon of the 12-hour interview with investigators on the case about the disappearance of tens of thousands of dollars from the cash register of a public organization in which she was CEO. He also recalled that Zehava Gal-on received to organize the conference in Tiberias 60 thousand euros, but the conference did not take place. Legal Advisor under the pressure of public organizations closed the case «for lack of corpus delicti».
After heated debate, voted for the bill 51 member of the Knesset and 38 were against. The bill will be submitted to the legislative Commission of the Knesset for further consideration.