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Knesset honors kidney donors; Speaker Edelstein: ”Hard to think of a nobler act”
During the ceremony, Health Minister Yakov Litzman said, ”When someone donates from his body to someone else`s, it is not the same as donating money. It is something on a scale that is hard to measure.” MK Ben-Tzur, who initiated the event, said donors ”sacrificed an organ to save the life of someone they do not even know. Money is giving, but a kidney donation is a sacrifice.” Rabbi Yeshayahu Heber, Chairman of Matnat Chaim – Volunteers for Kidney Transplantation, also attended the ceremony along with many kidney donors and recipients

MK Dichter named chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
Dichter is replacing MK Hanegbi, who was sworn in as a Minister without Portfolio during Monday`s plenary session. Following the vote, Knesset Speaker Edelstein told Dichter ”I hope your term in the committee will be as boring as possible, because this is what the entire Israeli nation wishes for.” MK Yogev congratulated the new committee chairman and said, ”The challenges are great, and despite the Knesset Speaker`s prayer, it will not be boring in Israel”

Press Releases
31/5/2016 - Knesset honors kidney donors; Speaker Edelstein: ”Hard to think of a nobler act”
31/5/2016 - During Immigration Committee meeting celebrating Gesher Theater`s 25th anniversary, it is revealed that it may shut down due to budget deficit
31/5/2016 - MK Dichter named chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
31/5/2016 - Knesset approves MK Liberman`s appointment as Defense Minister
30/5/2016 - US Congressmen at the Knesset: We`ll continue aiding Israeli security
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On the Public Agenda
Addressing a report showing that Israel has the highest level of inequality among children in the world’s 41 developed EU and OECD countries, the head of the Welfare Committee said ”a country that neglects its children is a country with no conscience.” The CEO of UNICEF Israel noted the gaps between legislation aimed at aiding children, and the implementation of such laws. MK Jabareen: ”In Israel there are two states: one is rich and the other is poor and neglected”

The Knesset debates a motion for a vote of no confidence in the government. Knesset members of various factions criticized government policies, including the issue of settlements - following a demand from the United States, relayed by special envoy George Mitchell, to freeze construction in settlements as a precondition to negotiations with the Palestinians. MK Eliezer Moses: ”The shortage of available apartments in settlements leads to extremely high rental prices, almost as high as in central Israel.”

“Knesset Yisrael” was the organizational framework of the Jewish community (“Yishuv”) in pre-state Israel.


In the Committees
1/6/2016 09:00 - Israel Electric Corporation's intention to construct a high powerline which will cross Hula Valley...
1/6/2016 09:00 - 1. Bill regarding the requirement of disclosure of anyone Supported by a foreign political entity...
1/6/2016 09:00 - Rifts between movements within the education system - in the framework of Unity Day at the Knesset
1/6/2016 09:00 - Policy regarding payments of IDF families - proposal for change
1/6/2016 09:00 - Clearing of Sde Dov, development and maintenance of domestic airports and landing pads - State...
1/6/2016 09:00 - Financial Services Oversight Bill (non-institutional financial services), 2015
1/6/2016 09:00 - Extending the validity of the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Ordinance), 2003
1/6/2016 09:00 - Monitoring the implantation of the recommendations of the special committee on the reform in the...
1/6/2016 09:00 - Standards Bill (amendment - laboratory certified to approve the importing of goods), 2015
1/6/2016 09:30 - Regulations of government-owned companies' guidelines (appointing accountants and their salaries)...
1/6/2016 09:30 - Bill regarding deposit insurance in banking corporations, 2015
1/6/2016 09:30 - Postal ordinance (amendment to law's appendage) - 2015
1/6/2016 09:30 - Removing obstacles in the training of psychologists of Ethiopian descent
1/6/2016 09:30 - Report of the committee monitoring the implementation of gender budgeting
1/6/2016 09:30 - Means to promote energy efficiency and savings, as well as the obstacles
1/6/2016 10:00 - Amendment to Stock Exchange regulations – defining "transient break in Stock Exchange trade"
1/6/2016 10:00 - Postal regulations (monetary services - qualification terms regarding a position in a company and...
1/6/2016 10:00 - 1. Cancelation of the "Summer Vacation School" project for grades 3-4 2. Summer camps operated by...
2/6/2016 10:00 - Committee members tour Beit Halochem in Tel Aviv
5/6/2016 10:45 - Committee members tour the Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center
6/6/2016 09:00 - Advancing the plan for Ethiopian-Israelis at the Jerusalem College of Technology
6/6/2016 09:00 - State's activity to encourage the integration of the Arab population in the job market -State...
6/6/2016 09:30 - Prohibition of Discrimination in Products, Services and Entry to Places of Public Entertainment...
6/6/2016 10:00 - Extending the validity of the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Ordinance), 2003
6/6/2016 10:00 - Bill to restrict the use of a place in order to prevent offenses from being committed (amendment...
6/6/2016 10:00 - Cannabis medical treatment for the mentally ill
6/6/2016 10:30 - Preparation of local authorities and government ministries for the absorption of immigrants, with...
6/6/2016 10:30 - Initiatives for education and school classrooms in Jerusalem – marking Jerusalem Day
6/6/2016 10:30 - Murder of Anastasia Rosnov – lessons learned to prevent the next homicide
6/6/2016 11:00 - Cost of domestic gas for consumers
6/6/2016 11:45 - Regulations for arrangements in the state economy (legislative amendments) (gas market - replacing...
6/6/2016 12:00 - Bill regarding Jewish religious services (amendment – regulating the purpose of "Mikvah Tahara"- a...
6/6/2016 12:00 - Regulations to protect the public from sex offenses (terms for the admission and stay of patients...
6/6/2016 12:00 - Broadcasted lessons as a means for improving the grades in matriculation exams
6/6/2016 12:30 - Financial Services Oversight Bill (legislative amendments), 2016
6/6/2016 12:45 - Regulations for arrangements in the state's economy (legislative amendments) (processes for...
6/6/2016 13:45 - Urgent discussion on ways to deal with the phenomenon of forgetting children in cars, employing...
6/6/2016 14:00 - Public petitions regarding the Bank of Israel's policy on cashing in coins
7/6/2016 09:00 - Request for the State Comptroller's opinion on: air pollution in the Haifa Bay - follow-up meeting...
7/6/2016 09:30 - Development of environmental agriculture and the family farm
7/6/2016 09:30 - Implementation of the Environmental Care of Electric and Electronic Equipment and Batteries Law
7/6/2016 10:00 - 1. Basic Law: the Knesset (amendment no. 45) (suspending an MK in accordance with article 7a) 2....
7/6/2016 10:00 - Aliyah Day Bill, 2016
7/6/2016 10:00 - The status and salary of truant officers – continued discussion
7/6/2016 10:00 - A gender-oriented overview on climate change
7/6/2016 10:30 - Implementation of the Packaging Management Law
7/6/2016 10:30 - "The Two Seas Canal" project
7/6/2016 11:00 - State conversion system - State Comptroller's report
7/6/2016 11:30 - Minister of Environmental Protection's review of his office's activity
7/6/2016 11:30 - Overcharging parents – continued discussion
7/6/2016 11:30 - Giving representation to civil society in teams dealing with the climate conference in the...
7/6/2016 12:00 - Gender-related aspects of conversion
7/6/2016 13:00 - Insolvency and Economic Recuperation Bill, 2016
7/6/2016 13:30 - Industrial Designs Bill, 2015
7/6/2016 14:00 - Preparation of the Ministry of Economy and Industry for the next school year with regards to...
8/6/2016 09:00 - Consolidating a treatment policy for the issue of infiltrators residing in south Tel-Aviv
8/6/2016 09:00 - 1. Bill regarding the Public Complaints Commission on state representatives in court proceedings,...
8/6/2016 09:00 - Standards Bill (amendment - certified laboratory to approve the importing of goods), 2015
8/6/2016 09:30 - 1. Follow-up on the implementation of the program "dangerous sexual activity and the participation...
8/6/2016 11:00 - Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority - State Comptroller's report
13/6/2016 09:30 - Mandatory Tenders Bill (amendment - preference in tenders for small and medium-sized businesses),...
13/6/2016 10:00 - Examining the environmental repercussions of the hydraulic fracturing technique to extract oil and...
13/6/2016 12:00 - Evacuation and Reconstruction Bill (agreements to organize evacuation and reconstruction...
13/6/2016 13:15 - Evacuation and Reconstruction Bill (compensations) (amendment no. 4) (evacuation due to...
14/6/2016 10:00 - Insolvency and Economic Recuperation Bill, 2016
14/6/2016 10:00 - Continued activity of the TeLeM program (employment, studies and housing in kibbutzim for young...
14/6/2016 13:00 - Judges' regulations (recesses) (amendment), 2016
14/6/2016 13:15 - Mandatory Tenders Bill (amendment - mandatory representation for persons with disabilities), 2015
15/6/2016 09:00 - Bill regarding statements of net worth of senior employees in the civil service and local...
21/6/2016 14:00 - Planning and Building Regulations Bill (Ordinance) (amendment- obligation to facilitate the...
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