19th Knesset: Second Session, Summer Assembly
German MPs visit Israel to express solidarity as ”Operation Protective Shield” enters its fourth week. Knesset Speaker Edelstein tells them IDF cannot end the campaign until the threat of ”terror tunnels” is lifted. ”Now the entire world sees that the cement that was allowed into the Gaza Strip was not used to build schools,” he says, adding that ”the picture on the other side is mainly a sad one, because there are a million and a half civilians who suffer because of Hamas rulers”
Meretz leader MK Galon calls Ethics Committee`s decision to ban MK Zoabi from the plenum and the committees for a period of six months ”scandalous” and accuses the committee of ”silencing” lawmakers. Hadash MK Khenin says committee has crossed a red line. ”A political opinion, however harsh, cannot be considered an ethical transgression,” he tells the plenum. Knesset Speaker Edelstein says, ”Rightist MKs did not look for excuses to legitimize Kahane.” MK Cohen: ”This is not freedom of speech; it is freedom to incite”
Finance Minister Lapid tells Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that his office plans to compensate employees and business owners living within 40 kilometers of Gaza for indirect damage they have sustained during the latest round of fighting between Israel, Hamas. Committee Chairman MK Elkin: ”Residents of south living in uncertainty”
| ||The State Control Committee decides to establish a commission of inquiry to examine the treatment by the state authorities of residents of Gush Katif who were evacuated during the 2005 Disengagement. The Knesset approves the establishment of the ”Gush Katif and Northern Samaria Commemoration Center”. MK Michael Melchior, Chair of the Education, Culture and Sports Committee, says the center will feature various educational activities, as well as permanent exhibitions which present the settlement in Gush Katif. || |
The 120 Knesset members are elected directly by the public to four-year terms. They represent all of the State of Israel's citizens.
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