PM pushes MK suspension bill ‘so democracy can protect itself’

Israel must protect itself from those who take advantage of its democracy to destroy it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday, urging Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) to work towards passing legislation to suspend errant MKs in a vote by 90 of his or her colleagues.

“There’s a difference between anarchy and democracy,” Netanyahu said in a press conference with German Chancelor Angela Merkel in Berlin. “When MKs support movements that clearly call to destroy Israel, when they support terrorism, when they stand silently in memory of people who murder children, the Knesset can and must act against them.”

The prime minister urged members of the opposition to also vote in favor of the bill, “because there are certain limits democracies must set in order to protect itself, and we will fulfil that in this case.”


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