Motions for the agenda are one of the means by which Knesset members can place
issues on the Knesset agenda. At the beginning of every Knesset year the
House Committee determines how many motions
for the agenda and how many private members' bills
each Parliamentary Group may table in that year. A
Motion for the Agenda requires the approval of the Knesset Speaker.
that are insulting or judgemental towards a person, motions on issues that are
already on the Knesset agenda or have been debated in the Plenum in the previous
four weeks and there has been no development justifying a renewed debate, or
motions on subjects that are sub judice, are not
approved. If there is concern that a debate in the Plenum will have a negative
effect on the security of the state, on its foreign relations, or on secret international
economic operations, the Speaker may decide, after consulting the
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, that
the issue will be raised in the committee.
A Knesset member may request that his
motion be approved as urgent, and the Knesset Presidium will decide whether to
approve it as such. A Motion for the Agenda will be approved as urgent if the
debate on it is likely to prevent an act or oversight which is irreversible, or that
the subject of the motion is of urgent public interest. Before a motion comes
up for debate, the Government announces whether it is interested in expressing an
opinion on the issue. After the motion comes up and the minister or deputy
minister replies, the Plenum decides whether to remove it from its agenda, debate
it, or pass it on to a committee for further deliberation.