Likud-promoted Nationality Law scheduled for a vote by the current Knesset

The bill, proposed by MK Avi Dichter of the Likud party, will be brought to the Knesset for a first reading and vote by the end of July that will require a majority of 61 MKs.
The current Knesset session will vote on the Nationality Law Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The Nationality Law is scheduled to be brought to a vote at the Knesset after a preliminary reading during the current Knesset session’s last week. The bill, initiated by MK Avi Dichter (Likud), will be voted on after a consensus was reached on Monday between the coalition leaders and the ultra-Orthodox parties to push the bill forward though the legislative process.

Ahead of the law’s first reading and vote, a memo was circulated throughout the Likud party forbidding any setbacks to the bill’s passing. In addition, a clarification was added stating that no absences or travel abroad would be approved for the MKs since a majority of 61 members is needed.

The coalition leaders' breakthrough was made possible via an agreement signed with the ultra-Orthodox parties, according to which the latter would support the legislation in exchange for the introduction of declarative clauses that recognize the State of Israel’s religious heritage and tradition.

In the past, the ultra-Orthodox parties objected to the enactment of Basic Laws due to concern over how the Israeli Supreme Court justices would interpret them. 

In order to advance the bill’s passing, it was decided that a committee headed by MK Amir Ohana (Likud) would be established to discuss and promote the legislation.

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