Netanyahu vows to push through MK suspension measure

At his Likud faction meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defends his campaign for a law allowing 90 MKs to boot a fellow lawmaker for unseemly behavior.

Netanyahu says the same measure exists in the US, Canada and Britain, with even lower thresholds for lawmakers being kicked out.

“It’s interesting that measures and regulations they have in other democracies are described as anti-democratic when Israel tries them,” he says. “We won’t be warned off and we will pass this, as it is elementary when Knesset members are holding moments of silence in memory of those who killed kids and we will act as they certainly would in the US, Canada and Britain if there were those who stood in memorial for Jihadi John or other murders.”

He also pushed back against a claim by Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid that the government isn’t fighting anti-Israel efforts, saying he instructed Foreign Ministry director Dore Gold to deal with pro-Palestinian ads posted in the London Underground.

Lapid had claimed he had been the only one to deal with the problem by calling Mayor Boris Johnson. Transport for London said it acted to take down the illegal ads as soon as they were discovered.

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