Brain Bush’s Blog

Last Day In Session

  • By : Brian Bush
  • December 9, 2014
  • 1:21 pm

Hello Everyone!

So what did Israel's Knesset, one of the shortest in the state's history lasting 670 days, do on it's last day in session.

According to some – a few dirty tricks.

Things got a little physical as the defense establishment in Israel walked away almost 1.5 billion dollars richer at the end of the night.

Various Members of the Knesset protested the alleged 'hijacking' of funds, most of which could have been used by other ministries like education and public services.

Campaigns for the March 17 election began in earnest late Monday night when the Knesset voted 93-0 to dissolve itself and initiate the race for the next parliament.

The problem for most is that this was all done without the proper procedure and such public projects that had been vetted and approved for receiving budgetary assistance in the proper way are now left high and dry.

People cried foul, calling the move a “cynical exploitation of security issues” as the Chair of the committee said the money was going to help pay for the summer's conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

The Knesset also passed a controversial law meant to prevent what Israel calls “infiltration” of African migrants into Israel. The measure additionally addresses those who are here as refugees to leave.

Israel's High Court of Justice struck down two previous passing's of the Law.

International human rights activists have sharply criticized Israel's detention, jailing, and expulsion of asylum seekers to it's land.

Interior Minister Gilad Erdan defended the bill against those who describe it as xenophobic among other things saying, “The argument here is between two political groups: Those who see Israel, first and foremost as the one and only nation-state of the Jews, and the Left bloc, who, unfortunately, are willing to endanger this.”

This outgoing Knesset, after Mr. Bibi Netanyahu's coalition made improving the ability to govern a top priority, didn't seem to make good on it's mantra.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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