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  5/1/2013, Iyar 21, 5773

Knesset Bill Would Limit Small Parties


Member of Knesset David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu Party) on Wednesday drafted a bill that would raise the minimum threshold for Knesset elections to 4%. The current threshold is 2 percent, which equals about 76,000 votes. The new bill would raise it to 4% or about 152,000 votes. The bill would also limit the number of ministers to 19. There are currently 30 ministers including the Prime Minister and 8 deputy ministers. The previous government had the largest amount of minister ever with 34 ministers and 9 deputy ministers.

MK Rotem's concept derives from the belief that there are too many ministers and too many small parties. Limiting the amount would make it harder to engage in a vote of no confidence and call for new elections mid-term.

However many others see the proposal as limiting to democracy. Daniel Tauber a member of the Likud Central Committee recently penned an editorial against such a proposal saying that a small, select number of big parties in the Knesset would snuff out diversity.