Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) retracted his statements regarding the proposed draft of the 'expulsion bill' that will allow a quorum of 90 MKs to oust a fellow MK from the Knesset fro supporting terror or incitement against Israel. Originally, Edelstein said that he would not allow such a law to be passed while he was Speaker of the Knesset. On Tuesday morning he retracted that statement and said that he would support a different version of the proposed bill.
"We have to weigh the law with reverence, we should not criticize. My fellow MKs knew in advance that there are places that they do not wish to go," Edelstein said in an interview with Channel Two news.
According to Edelstein, the draft of the bill needs to be condensed to only include MKs who actively support terrorism and incite to racism. "These areas are much simpler to define. There is a huge gap between what was originally proposed, which I would not allow to pass, and taking a serious look at what can actually be accomplished. If the proper changes were made then I would not have a problem with the proposed bill."
Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Chairman, Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home) told Arutz Sheva earlier that in order to have a committee discussion regarding the law, he would need to know that at least 60 of the MKs in the government would support the proposed bill. "I will continue to advance the bill only after I know that the entire coalition is behind it, and I want that in a written letter by the head of every faction in the government."
“I think that at the end of the day, the law will be passed," said Slomiansky. "we need to establish some clear red-lines. Whomever is a terrorist cannot sit in the Knesset. Not a single nation on earth would accept such a thing."