Coalition Committed to Making anti-leftist-NGO Bill Law

If the bill becomes law, an NGO seeking a tax exemption for a contribution from a foreign state will require ministerial and Knesset approval.

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Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked, slated to be the next justice minister.
Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked, slated to be the next justice minister.Credit: OIivier Fitoussi
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

The so-called NGO Bill will be brought before the Knesset during the tenure of the new government, according to a clause in the coalition agreement between Habayit Hayehudi and Likud.

The wording of the bill submitted by Habayit Hayehudi stipulates that an NGO seeking a tax exemption for a contribution from a foreign state will require the approval of the defense and foreign ministers and the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

The NGOs likely to be affected by the bill are primarily human rights organizations identified with the left.

The inclusion of the bill in the coalition agreement with Habayit Hayehudi is not expected to commit the other coalition parties to support it, political sources said on Thursday.

But a senior Habayit Hayehudi source said that the bill will have a majority in the coalition.

"Even if a party like Kulanu decides to submit an appeal after the vote in the Ministerial Legislative Committee, the prime minister will bring it before the full government, where it has a majority," the source said.

The bill was proposed by MK Ayelet Shaked, who is tapped to be justice minister in the new government. The original wording stipulated that an NGO seeking tax exemption would need the approval of the justice minister and the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.

With Habayit Hayehudi holding both positions in the next government – it will also get the committee in terms of the agreement, with MK Nissan Slomiansky likely to head it – the party will have complete control over NGOs requiring tax relief – if it decides to revert to the original wording.

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