Despite pressure from White House, Regulation Law passes in Knesset

The Regulation Law passed by a narrow majority in the Knesset this evening (Monday). The bill passed 60-52. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “[There will be] indictments against soldiers and officers.”
Regulation Law passed this evening with a slight majority Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

This evening (Monday) the Regulation Law passed its second and third reading in the Knesset. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to postpone the vote due to the pressure from the United States but failed to do so. MK Benny Begin (Likud) and Orly Levy-Abekasis (Yisrael Beiteinu) voted against the law, going against the coalition’s position.

The law passed with a majority of 60 MKs in favor and 52 MKs against the bill. Israeli left-wing NGO Peace Now has announced that it intends to petition against the law at the High Court of Justice.

Prior to beginning the discussion, Opposition Chairman Isaac Herzog of the Zionist Union spoke. “We object in the strongest way possible,” stated Herzog. “Netanyahu is betraying his job and the Zionist enterprise by passing this law.”

Following US pressure, Netanyahu attempted to postpone vote Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

“Voting hasn’t begun yet and we are calling on you all: stop this runaway train before it leaves the station,” Herzog said. “Its final destination is in the Hague. Indictments against soldiers and officers with Netanyahu’s signature affixed to them will fly out of its organizations. Stop Bibi, stop.”

Netanyahu tried to postpone the vote due to messages he received from the White House via multiple channels. According to one high-ranking official, it was requested that Netanyahu delay the vote until he meets with US President Donald Trump in next week. In short, the newly-elected president asked that Netanyahu meet with him prior to approving any new laws or settlement construction.

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