MKs to Get Their Summer Holiday After All

The Knesset Presidium decided to reject calls to cancel the Israeli parliaments summer recess, raised by Interior Minister Eli Yishai due to ensuing housing protests.

The Knesset's summer recess will go ahead as scheduled despite the protests throughout the country and the fear of a diplomatic storm in September over the expected UN recognition of a Palestinian state.

The Knesset Presidium, comprised of the Knesset speaker and his deputies, rejected the proposal made by Interior Minister Eli Yishai to cancel the recess, a call echoed by opposition leader Tzipi Livni last week.

As a result, at the end of this week, the Knesset will recess until after the Jewish holidays, returning for its winter session at the end of October.

The decision was considered a victory for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who opposed cancelling the recess, believing the opposition would use the extended session to wear down the coalition with no-confidence motions and anti-government legislative proposals.

Kadima criticized the decision, saying in a statement that "Netanyahu is trying to choke the public debate over his inflated government."

But Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin noted that the proposal to cancel the recess had been brought before all the Knesset faction heads, and they had not supported the move.