With 89.2 percent of the votes counted on Wednesday, it looked as if the 24th Knesset would be without a number of incumbent MKs, including those who stood out for important parliamentary work or who were the center of political storms.
Zvi Hauser joined Moshe Ya’alon’s Telem party and was elected to the 21st Knesset in April 2019. In the 23rd Knesset he and MK Yoaz Hendel broke off and formed their own Derech Eretz faction. Hauser was the initiator of the “Hauser compromise” aimed at resolving the coalition crisis that arose by the delay in approving the state budget.
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The compromise indeed prevented the Knesset from dissolving last August, but it ended up only postponing the inevitable, and the Knesset dissolved four months later.
Hauser was chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and one of his signal pieces of legislation was the nation-state law. He was one of the initiators and writers of the bill even before he was elected to the Knesset, and he once described the law as “the most important act of legislation that the Knesset has dealt with since the 1990s.”
For this election he and Hendel hooked up with Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party; Hauser was slotted eighth on the list, which at the time made him look like a shoo-in for the Knesset. By all indications, however, the party will have only six seats.
A slightly more colorful character who won’t be in the next Knesset is Osnat Mark, No. 34 on Likud’s list. She was first elected to the 20th Knesset, but didn’t make it into the 22nd or 23rd; however, she ended up getting in when Gilad Erdan was appointed Israel’s ambassador to Washington and the United Nations.
Along with her media appearances and her loyalty to the prime minister, Mark will best be remembered for her membership on the Judicial Appointments Committee. When asked in an Israel Hayom interview how she wanted the Supreme Court to look, she responded, “Balanced. Reflecting the feelings of the people, a broad spectrum. I won’t appoint left-wing judges, don’t worry. No way.”
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Uzi Dayan, also of Likud, will also be out of political life for now. He was first elected to the 21st Knesset. Bills he submitted included one to void the citizenship or residency status of terrorists, and a bill to amend the income ordinance (the value of the use of a car or mobile phone).
Recently he sought to apply the Dromi Law, which considers violent opposition to intruders as self-defense, to soldiers repelling someone trying to grab or steal their weapons.
Ariel Kelner of Likud, who was No. 33 on the ticket, is also out. A former social activist and high-tech employee, he was elected to the 21st Knesset but failed to be elected afterward.
However, after Erdan’s departure for the United States and Tzipi Hotovely’s departure to serve as ambassador in London, he was able to enter the outgoing Knesset. He submitted a bill to split the post of attorney general, to separate the office between the head of the prosecution and the government’s legal adviser.
Other MKs who apparently will not be in the next Knesset include Ayoub Kara and Moti Yogev of Likud, and Yousef Jabareen and Heba Yazbak of the Joint List.