Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's cabinet approved on Sunday a bill that allows one minister or deputy minister from each party to resign from the Knesset - paving the way for new MKs to enter. 

The bill, modeled after the Norwegian Law, was introduced by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the Jewish Home party. 

The law will also ease the burden of coalition MKs without ministerial positions, who serve on a number of different Knesset committees, whose sessions are sometimes held simultaneously. 

“The law will allow the minister to focus on his cabinet work and allow the MK replacing him to focus on his parliamentary work,” Shaked told Haaretz. “With this law, ministers can devote their time and energy to their ministry without juggling different roles.”

In addition to approving the bill, the cabinet has expedited it, allowing its first Knesset reading to be held on the same day as its submission, which will take place Monday.

First, the bill will go later on Sunday before the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, who has been ordered to endorse the final version of it.

In contrast to an earlier version of the bill part of Likud's coalition agreement, the updated version will apply to all coalition partners, and not just those parties with fewer than 12 MKs. 

Jewish Home welcomed "another achievement demanded by the party in coalition agreements: the passing of the Norwegian Law, which will enable coalition factions to strengthen their parliamentary activities in the Knesset and bring in active and deserving MKs."

Should all five coalition partners take advantage of the law, Likud activist Sharon Haskell and former MKs Shuli Muallem (Jewish Home), Akram Hasson (Kulanu), Avraham Michaeli (Shas) and Yaakov Asher (United Torah Judaism) will join the 34th Knesset. 

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