After last-minute changes, National Unity Party threatens to veto legislation on censoring foreign media

Then-Minister of Housing and Construction Zeev Elkin speaks at a conference of the Israeli Construction Center in Tel Aviv on October 20, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90/ File)
Then-Minister of Housing and Construction Zeev Elkin speaks at a conference of the Israeli Construction Center in Tel Aviv on October 20, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90/ File)

The National Unity Party is threatening to veto the advancement of pending legislation allowing the government to censor foreign media after the last-minute change by Otzma Yehudit MK Zvika Fogel, head of the National Security Committee, moved the authority needed to close a foreign channel to the National Security Ministry, Channel 12 reports.

According to the report, National Unity Party chair Ze’ev Elkin has informed coalition whip Ofir Katz that the party will no longer support the bill unless the decision is reversed and the authority is returned to the Defense Ministry.

In response, Katz told Elkin that the wording of the bill is not finalized, and will be voted on by all coalition members prior to its implementation, the report adds.

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