Yisrael Beiteinu calls to delay Knesset dissolution to allow time to pass new IDF enlistment bill (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Ophir Bar-Zohar 05/07/12)
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Yisrael Beiteinu has called Sunday for the delay on a vote to
dissolve Israel´s Knesset, to allow time to pass the party´s new bill
which promotes mandatory enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces for
all Israeli citizens.
Yisrael Beiteinu MK Robert Ilatov called on coalition chairman MK
Zeev Elkin (Likud) to reschedule the vote on dissolving the Knesset
from Monday to next week, in order to complete his party´s
legislation that would serve as an alternative to the Tal Law.
Ilatov explained that since most parties of the Knesset stated they
would support Yisrael Beiteinu’s bill, there is no rush to dissolve
the Knesset when there is a realistic chance to pass the bill before
the upcoming elections.
Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman said last week that
according to the statements made by some parties of the house, there
should be a majority of some 90 MKs supporting the bill, while adding
that he would be satisfied with the minimum majority of 61 MKs.
The idea arose after the Knesset’s Legal Advisor Eyal Yinon decided
that the Knesset will not be able to vote on a none-governmental bill
during its recess, even with the signature of 61 MKs.
After Yisrael Beiteinu’s announcement, Kadima said it supports it and
called to vote on the bill as soon as possible. In its statement,
Kadima said it calls all the different Knesset parties to take
responsibility and pass the mandatory enlistment law in the current
Knesset. This is an “historic chance we can’t miss,” the statement
However, it seems that both parties are up for a disappointment,
since Elkin insists that the vote on the dissolution of the Knesset
will be held on Monday. Elkin’s office explained that “there is an
agreement with the other parties and we hope everyone would follow
Sources in the Knesset said that there is a possibility some of the
parties will back out of the agreement. According to the sources,
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the only one who is interested
in the early elections while other parties are expected to be harmed
Israel High Court of Justice ruled in February that the current IDF
enlistment law, allowing full-time yeshiva students to defer army
service, also known as “Tal Law”, is unconstitutional. The court
decided that the law would expire in August. (© Copyright 2012
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