Israeli Lawmakers Blast Livni for Rushing Anti-terror Bill Through Committee

An aide to the justice minister, however, notes that if disagreements arise in the future, another discussion and vote will take place.

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Ministers and MKs criticized Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Tuesday for conducting a “hasty” vote on the controversial anti-terror law without giving the Ministerial Committee for Legislation enough time to understand its clauses.

“It was a disgrace,” said one participant in the deliberations. “The discussion took about 15 minutes, tops. This is a huge bill that contains 134 sections spread over 107 pages. Even if the discussion had lasted two hours, it wouldn't have been enough time to properly examine the bill."

In the event, the committee approved the bill. Yesh Atid ministers had requested that Livni postpone the vote for around two weeks to give them time to understand the provisions. But Livni refused and held the vote immediately.

“It was clear the bill had majority support, though Livni acquiesced to pressure from the ministers and agreed that if opposition arises against certain sections in the future, the ministers can go back and discuss them,” said another participant in the vote.

“The vote was just a cover, and only a few major sections were presented. Livni herself said that the bill was huge and that it was impossible to examine all its details. Still, Livni didn't dedicate any special meetings to it and pushed the bill through like any other.”

According to another MK, “Livni told us she would implement transparency and openness at the Ministerial Committee for Legislation’s meetings, and now she has proved that she does the exact opposite. Instead of openness, the ministers were forced to approve a controversial bill without sufficiently understanding it."

Officials close to Livni rejected the claims. “Livni proposed the best and most practical solution considering the circumstances. All ministers present agreed that if in the future disagreements arise over certain sections of the bill, they will hold another meeting and hold another vote in the committee,” said an aide to Livni.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnuah).Credit: AP

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