Knesset Rejects Bill to Defund Parties that Back Israel Boycott

The Knesset resoundly rejected late on Wednesday night a bill proposed by Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman to suspend funding for parties who support boycotts of Judea-Samaria, or the Jewish state as a whole. 

Five Knesset members voted in favor of the bill, while 60 opposed. 

According to Haaretz, Liberman's stubborn refusal to postpone the vote by two weeks apparently forced coalition MKs, who might otherwise support the bill, to vote against it.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) asserted during the hearing prior to the vote that the coalition supports the legislation in principle. 

“It is a worthy bill and we only asked for two weeks to forge a comprehensive agreement, but unfortunately our request was not granted,” he said from the Knesset plenum on Wednesday.

Liberman, meanwhile, used the platform to attack left-wing parties. 

“When I hear the Left talking about boycotts of Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights, it was the Labor party that founded most of these towns," he blasted.

"That the Labor party’s political opinion has changed doesn’t mean that the residents there are breaking the law. These residents pay taxes and fund the salaries of those same Knesset members.”


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