Deputy Knesset Speaker Ofir Akunis said, Sunday evening, that voting on three major bills will take place as scheduled, this week, despite a Sunday announcement by leaders of opposition factions that they will boycott the voting and the debate on the legislation. At stake are proposals for increased hareidi national service, a public vote on a peace agreement that involves land concessions and a doubling in the threshold for Knesset representation to four percent of the vote.
Calling the opposition "childish", the Likud-Beytenu lawmaker said, "One doesn't build leadership by whining." He added, "Israel's opposition offers no serious alternative. If they don't respect the Knesset, they won't respect themselves." Akunis stressed that the coalition won't get excited by the boycott and "will not give in to blackmail."