Kahlon Intends to Block Regev's 'Cultural Loyalty Bill'

Culture Minister Miri Regev, who proposed conditioning support to artists on their ‘Zionism,’ agrees to inter-ministerial committee to discuss issue.

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon briefing reporters at the Knesset on Monday.
Lior Mizrahi

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is expected to block the so-called “cultural loyalty bill” initiated by Culture Minister Miri Regev, Channel 2 News reported on Monday night. The bill would give Regev powers similar to those now in Kahlon’s hands that allow associations to be deprived of funding under a set of criteria involving harm to the State of Israel or its symbols.

A source in Kahlon’s faction, Kulanu, told Haaretz that Kahlon is determined to prevent the legislation from moving forward. “This bill will not reach the Knesset, because Kahlon won’t allow it to be brought to a vote in the cabinet. Up until now no bill has passed if the finance minister opposes it.”

According to the source, “Kahlon is determined to bury the bill, which takes powers away from him.”

Kahlon met with Regev to make his position clear to her. Regev’s bureau said in response that “the minister does not intend to give up the bill and on the other hand does not want to hurt the powers of the finance minister. And so the minister agreed with the finance minister to establish an inter-ministerial committee consisting of the ministries of culture, finance and justice to discuss the issue and find a solution that will ensure that cultural institutions in Israel do not break the law.”