Likud pulls 'Beit El Bill'

Coalition Chairman removes bill from agenda, after it became clear to the PM's Office that Law Committee intended to approve the bill today.

Uzi Baruch ,

David Bitan
David Bitan
Flash 90

Chairman of the Coalition David Bitan has pulled the “Beit El Bill” from the agenda, and the bill will not go to a vote in the Knesset Law Committee.

Bitan removed the bill by virtue of his position as Chairman of the Likud faction, after the bill went on the agenda for the Likud faction’s list of bills.

The bill was removed today by order of the Prime Minister after it became clear to the Prime Minister’s Office that the members of the Law Committee opposed delaying a vote on the bill by a week, and intended to approve the bill today.

On the other hand, the “Jerusalem Bill” of MK Shuli Moalem (Jewish Home), in cooperation with the party heads, Ministers Bennett and Shaked, is expected to be brought to a vote at the Law Committee today. The bill stipulates that parts of Jerusalem cannot be relinquished without an 80-MK special majority in the Knesset.

The “Beit El Bill” was proposed by heads of the Knesset’s Land of Israel Lobby MK Yoav Kish (Likud) and MK Betzalel Smotrich (Jewish Home). It calls for promises made following the destruction of homes, as in the cases of residents of Beit El, Migron, and Amona, to be fulfilled immediately - irrespective of other political considerations.