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  3/19/2013, Nisan 8, 5773

Rivlin Protests Rise in Knesset Threshhold


Member of Knesset Reuven Rivlin (Likud) expressed his opposition, Tuesday morning, to an impending government-sponsored bill to raise the minimum a party needs for Knesset representation from two percent of the vote to four percent. Speaking at a gathering billed "in defense of democracy," the former Knesset speaker said, "It's not for nothing that the founding fathers determined that the Knesset threshhold would be low. The logic was to allow as many opinions and attitudes as possible in Israeli society, which is so fragmented and multifaceted, be represented in the Knesset."

Rivlin also said, "As for efficiency, I'm not sure it will succeed, since all the small parties they seek to leave outside the Knesset will band together and operate as part of one faction. The Knesset has prevented civil war in the past precisely because of its ability to represent all the views people, and this must be preserved."