Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee discusses home front`s preparedness for future war

The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, headed by MK Avi Dichter (Likud), marked a decade since the Second Lebanon War with a debate on the lessons learned from the conflict and the home front`s preparedness for a possible war in the future. Brig. Gen. Dedi Simchi, chief of staff for the IDF`s Home Front Command, Full Article … [Continue reading]

Knesset passes ”Dismissal Law” allowing it to oust a sitting legislator

The Knesset passed into law late Tuesday night a bill that allows it to remove a sitting lawmaker from office. According to the so-called ”Dismissal Law”, which passed in a 62 to 45 vote, the Knesset can oust a legislator for incitement to racism and support of armed struggle against the state. The expulsion requires Full Article … [Continue reading]

PM Netanyahu during plenum debate marking a decade since the Second Lebanon War: ”Our enemies should not underestimate us again”

During Tuesday`s special plenary session marking a decade since the Second Lebanon War, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that prior to the conflict ”Hezbollah viewed us as a frail country which lacks a strong backbone; a society that is weaker than a spider web and which has grown tired of fighting and defending itself. Then Full Article … [Continue reading]

Knesset marks a decade since the Second Lebanon War; Speaker Edelstein: ”The war will continue to accompany us as a reminder and warning”

The Knesset marked a decade since the Second Lebanon War with a special ceremony held in Chagall Hall on Tuesday in the presence of Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Welfare Minister Haim Katz, other ministers and MKs, Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan, IDF soldiers and bereaved families. The event Full Article … [Continue reading]

Approved in final vote: Harsher penalties for dishonoring state flag or emblem


The Knesset plenum approved on Monday the second and third readings of a bill which seeks to increase the punishment for dishonoring the national flag or emblem. The bill equates the punishment for dishonoring the national symbols with the punishment … [Continue reading]

In his first Question Hour in the plenum, Prime Minister Netanyahu addresses ongoing inquiry: ”A lot of hot air”


As part of the new Question Hour format in the Knesset, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday fielded questions he did not see in advance from MKs. This was Netanyahu`s first-ever Question Hour appearance. Question Hour is a new parliamentary … [Continue reading]

Senior Ugandan Parliament employees take part in professional seminar at the Knesset


A group of senior Ugandan Parliament employees, headed by Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige, arrived at the Knesset on Monday for a three-day seminar which is taking place as part of the inter-parliamentary cooperation between the Israeli and Ugandan … [Continue reading]

Ombudsman`s report submitted to Knesset speaker: A third of the complaints filed by the public were found to be justified


Judge (ret.) Joseph Shapira submitted the annual Ombudsman`s Report to Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein on Monday. Shapira serves as both State Comptroller and Ombudsman. Edelstein noted that the number of public complaints filed with the … [Continue reading]