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        3/19/2013, Nisan 8, 5773

      Emergency Opposition Meeting in the Knesset


      Opposition parties have scheduled an "emergency meeting to defend democracy", Tuesday in the Knesset. The focus of the assembly is the package of laws that the cabinet intends to introduce after the Passover holiday. The package includes a doubling of the threshhold for a party to enter the parliament from two percent to four percent and a 65-member minimum to pass a vote of no confidence in the government.

      The initiative for the gathering came from Knesset members Nachman Shai (Labor), Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) and Dov Khenin (Meretz), who called the moves anti-democratic. A number of public and academic figures will also take part.