The Knesset approved the so-called “Norwegian Law” into law overnight Wednesday in a 64-51 vote. The controversial law allows cabinet ministers and deputy ministers to resign their Knesset seats in order to open up places in the Knesset for other party members, and still return to the Knesset if the government falls.
Following the passing of the law, Minister of Education Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) is expected to resign from the Knesset thus making way for Shulamit “Shuli” Mualem-Rafaeli to return to the legislator. Some have speculated that this was law’s purpose in the first place.
Minister of the Economy Aryeh Deri (Shas) is also expected to resign from the Knesset to make way for Avraham Michaeli. It is also expected that Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) and Rabbi Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism) will resign from the Knesset as well.
At this point it isn’t clear which if any of the ministers of the Likud would resign from the Knesset. The law doesn’t require anyone to resign, only allows them to do so if they so please.
The preparation of the law was completed on Tuesday, after the draft bill was substantially amended. Among the changes made were redefining the law as a temporary order, meaning that it will only apply to the current Knesset.
“Loyalty pays in the Habayit Hayehudi party,” Bennett told Haaretz early on Thursday. “Shuli Mualem was loyal throughout and will get to be a member of the Knesset. Who will resign? Probably me.” Mualem-Rafaeli, who attended the entire voting session, said that her party “didn’t think that the law was personal, rather that it was a matter of principle. Adding Knesset members would improve the Knesset work. I’m very happy to return to the place I loved and had successes in.”