Daily Israel Report

New Law on Non-Profits Could Shake PM's Coalition

A new proposal by MK Miri Regev could have a major impact on the structure of Prime Minister Netanyahu's coalition.
By David Lev
First Publish: 12/26/2013, 8:37 AM

Miri Regev
Miri Regev
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A new proposal by MK Miri Regev could have a major impact on the structure of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's coalition, a report in Maariv Thursday said. The law is likely to cause several of Netanyahu's coalition partners, especially Yesh Atid and Hatn'ua, to feel uncomfortable.

The law would ban activity by non-profit organizations that “act against the interests of the Jewish and Zionist nature” of the State of Israel. Those interests would be decided by the Knesset, but it's likely that organizations that call for annexing lands liberated in the 1967 Six Day War - an idea known as the "one-state solution" - would be included in that definition. Such a state, many argue, would dilute the Jewish majority of Israel, and thus it would be considered an "anti-Zionist law."

It should be noted that some on the right support that position as well, because they believe that there are fewer Arabs in Judea and Samaria than is generally believed.

The law would ban the registration of organizations advocating these positions as tax-free groups. Although they would be free to express their opinions, they could not register for tax-free status, and all the funds they raised in Israel and abroad would be subject to full taxation.

The law must first pass the Ministerial Law Committee before it goes to a Knesset vote. According to observers, the law may indeed be approved for a Knesset vote – and if it is, it could cause several of the government's coalition partners which have MKs that advocate a "one state solution" to oppose the law.