Arab MK Dr. Ahmed Tibi is hinting to his chareidi colleagues that if the Cultural Loyalty Bill passes, the Arab MKs will have to “rethink” their position regarding support for the chareidi position on the Draft Bill.
As it appears, the bill is not likely to pass as Kulanu party chairman Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has given faction members the option to vote their conscience, hence some are likely to oppose the bill. Kulanu MK Rachel Azariya has already announced she plans to oppose the bill, so it is likely the vote will be postponed, as with a coalition of a one-vote majority, passing controversial bills will not be easy.
The bill promoted by Minister of Culture & Sports (Likud) Miri Regev permits the state to withhold funds from cultural institutions affiliated with or incite terrorism. Clearly, this has the Arab lawmakers concerned, for some of their institutions are likely to lose state funding as a result.
Nevertheless, the Arab MKs have floated their warning, making their position clear to the chareidi MKs, that if their votes are critical, they must topple the bill of face real worries when it comes to the draft bill.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)