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        1/12/2014, Shevat 11, 5774

      Ministers Endorse Government Reform

      The Ministerial Committee on Legislation unanimously endorsed, Sunday, a measure to reduce a number of aspects of Israel's system of government. The proposal calls for reducing the number of ministers and deputy ministers, including the elimination of the position of minister without portfolio. Motions of no-confidence in the government will be allowed once a month instead of weekly if the bill passes.

      The most controversial clause of the legislation is one that doubles the threshold of votes a party needs for a Knesset seat from two percent to four percent. Passage of the measure could result in the smallest parties not qualifying in the next Knesset, which threatens the predominantly Arab parties.