Knesset Panel Votes to Extend Israel's State of Emergency

The extension is a move that is repeated yearly. 'It’s about time we matured a bit as a state,' lawmaker Avi Dichter says

70 years since the founding of the state in 1948, April 20, 2018.
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A joint Knesset committee voted to extend by a year the state of emergency declared within days of Israeli independence in May 1948.

The decision was made after the government ministries failed to eliminate or “convert” all the laws based on the emergency order.

A joint panel of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved a cabinet resolution on the issue from last month.

The Knesset must now issue the declaration.

According to the joint committee’s chairman, MK Avi Dichter, 21 administrative orders and five laws still depend on the state of emergency to remain in effect. Some involve makeup, elevators and honey, which seem unrelated to a state of emergency, he added.

The joint committee will meet again in January to see if any more progress has been made. “It’s about time we matured a bit as a state,” Dichter said.