As the coalition fights to survive and pass various laws, working to obtain a majority vote, the opposition in Knesset is taking advantage of the situation to push through anti-religious laws.
According to the initiative of the opposition, a series of anti-religious laws will be raised on Wednesday, in addition to proposals to dissolve the Knesset, which will be submitted by all the opposition factions.
BeChadrei Chareidim reports learning that the laws that will be passed for a preliminary reading are the law on permitting civil marriage by Knesset Member Merav Michaeli, which stipulates that the matter of allowing a marriage will be transferred from the batei din to the civil family courts.
Another law that will be discussed is the cancellation of the Supermarket Law, submitted by the Yesh Atid party, which states that the powers of the interior minister will not apply to opening businesses on Shabbos but will remain the sole responsibility of the local authorities.
Another bill that will be put to the vote on the critical day is a proposal submitted by former Knesset member Yulia Malinovsky of Yisrael Beitenu, would result in anyone removing a sign with a woman from the public area will be imprisoned for one year.
Another law that may cause chareidi MKs to bite their nails is MK Aliza Lavie’s bill of marriage, which seeks to abolish the institution of the Chief Rabbinate and allow every couple to marry in Israel and be recognized as kosher marriages, which may lead to mamzerus and other issues chas v’sholom.
In addition, there are calls to dissolve the Knesset from opposition parties including Yisrael Beitenu, Yesh Atid, Meretz, Machane Tzioni and two more of the Arab List.
The chareidi MKs fear some coalition members may disregard party discipline and vote with the opposition, thereby permitting some of the anti-religious bills to pass into law.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)