Knesset Debates Future of Israeli Flag Production

Knesset passes preliminary reading of bill requiring all Israeli flags be manufactured in Israel.

A bill requiring that all Israeli flags be manufactured in Israel was passed by the Knesset on Wednesday in a preliminary hearing.

The bill was presented in light of the current situation, where Israeli flags are being manufactured in countries like China and Turkey and thus bankrupting the textile factories in Israel that make the flag.

The bill was presented by a group of MKs, including Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich, Knesset Economic Affairs Committee Chairman Ofir Akunis, and others.

"It is our duty to do everything in our power in order to encourage and develop Israeli industry with an emphasis on developing industry in the periphery," Akunis said about the bill. "We should start with the procurement of Israeli products by public institutions."

Akunis said he would work to complete the legislation and implement it as soon as possible, with the goal of completing it before Israel's next Independence Day on May 10, 2011.

The first debate over the legislation will take place in the Economic Affairs Committee on Monday.