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Political: March 23, 2012‎

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Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser is promoting a proposal that would grant the right of absentee voting in Knesset elections to Israelis living abroad. Granting absentee voting rights to all expatriate Israelis was part of the 2009 coalition agreement between Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu, and publicly supported two years ago by Prime Minister Netanyahu.

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March 23rd, 2012 at 9:37 am

Political: December 19, 2011

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman (Israel Beitenu) said in a party meeting that his party might reintroduce the original wording of the bill aimed at harming human rights and left wing organizations.  Lieberman further said that his party might have erred when it agreed to a watered-down version of the bill, which was then put on hold by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Political: December 7, 2011

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Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman (Israel Beitenu), met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow.  Russian news service Itar Tass quoted Lieberman as telling Putin that the Israeli observers of the recent elections for the Russian parliament reported that the elections were fair, free, and democratic.  His remarks were widely criticized by senior Foreign Ministry staff and the Israeli Russian media.

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December 7th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Political: November 28, 2011

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MK David Rotem (Israel Beitenu), the Chairman of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee held a speedy vote on a proposed bill which would allow the appointment of Justice Asher Grunis as President of the Supreme Court.  The vote was held within 3 minutes of the meetings commencement, and before the opposition MKs entered the committee room.

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November 28th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Political: November 28, 2011

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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Israel Beitenu) has stated that his party will do everything in its power to prevent the transfer to the Palestinian Authority of tax revenue collected for it by Israel.

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November 28th, 2011 at 11:22 am

Political: November 13, 2011

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The Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs approved the bills by Members of Knesset Ophir Akunis (Likud) and Faina Kirschenbaum (Israel Beitenu) regarding donations to left-wing non-profit organizations (Hebrew source.)  Akunis’s bill would forbid non-profits from accepting a donation of more than 20,000 NIS a year from a foreign state.  The bill is supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Kirschenbaum’s bill would impose a 40% tax on donations to non-profits from foreign states.  The Attorney General has expressed opposition to MK Akunis’s bill on grounds of unconstitutionality (Hebrew source.)

Economy and Society: July 14, 2011

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According to a report commissioned by the Ministry of National Infrastructures’ Fuel Administration, oil companies are adding the expense of their convenience stores to the price of fuel, and thus raise its price by 10 percent. Even though five months have passed since the report was filed and while the report recommends that the price of fuel should be dropped, the Minister of Infrastructures, Uzi Landau (Israel Beitenu) has done nothing about it.

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Internal Security: July 7, 2011

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The Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Israel Beitenu) allowed the four Avenging Policemen to get their weapons back, after one of them, Eldad Hadar, survived an assassination attempt.

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Political: June 23, 2011

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According to a bill offered by MK Faina Kirschenbaum (Israel Beitenu) Israel will collect 45% tax on contributions for NGOs from foreign states. NGOs working on education and welfare will be excluded from this high tax. The explanatory notes to the bill state that “Some organizations in Israel are devoted to denounce the State of Israel to the world, and work towards having the IDF soldiers and officers persecuted, while violating their reputation”.

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June 23rd, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Political: June 16, 2011

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MK Lia Shemtov (Israel Beitenu) wrote the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, and the Transport Minister Israel Katz (Likud), asking them to remove the signs in Arabic on the Jerusalem Light Rail. According to her, a law stating that Arabic is an official language in Israel never existed, and all use of it is derived from a law dated back to the British mandate (The king’s order to his council). “The Supreme Court had stated that the use of Arabic is required by the central government and not the municipalities when discussing road signs”.

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June 16th, 2011 at 11:32 pm