Reports surfaced Thursday that Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett insisted during coalition negotiations with Likud that Shuli Muallem return to the Knesset.
Last week, the Jewish Home party asked to add a clause to its coalition agreement with Likud that would allow Ayelet Shaked to resign from the Knesset after she is appointed a government minister.
The clause would be modeled after the "Norwegian Law", which removes new ministers from the legislature and allows lower-ranking members of their parties to take their seats in the Knesset.
Now with a final coalition deal in place, and Shaked named as Justice Minister, the path seems paved for Muallem, who served as a Jewish Home MK during the 19th Knesset, to resume her place in Israel's parliament.
According to Jewish Home's final deal with Likud, "the Prime Minister will submit a proposal after the establishment of the government to enact the 'Norwegian Law,' which will allow one MK, from a faction with up to 12 Knesset members, appointed as minister, to resign and serve as minister, although not as an MK."
"The minister that resigns will be allowed to return and serve as an MK when he completes his term as minister. When the minister returns to serving as an MK, the MK who took his place will discontinue his role as Knesset member.
The nickname “Norwegian Law” lies in the fact that the Norwegian parliament was the first to prohibit by law that a lawmaker serve as both minister and member of parliament.