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Bibi: Those Supporting Terrorism Cannot Serve in the Knesset

PM Netanyahu speaking at Knesset (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Israel has passed a new "impeachment law" that will allow for the removal of legislators who incite against Israel or support its enemies. Israel Hayom's Gideon Allon reports that PM Netanyahu voiced his agreement with the bill, as those who support terror should not serve in Israel's parliament:

The Knesset on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill allowing lawmakers to remove MKs from parliament over conduct unbecoming. Sixty-two MKs voted in favor of the controversial legislation proposal, dubbed the "impeachment bill," while 47 MKs voted against it.

"This Law ends an absurd situation. Those supporting terrorism against Israel cannot serve in the Knesset. Like any other democracy in the world, Israeli democracy has the right and the duty to defend itself," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page following the vote.

The bill, an amendment to Basic Law: The Knesset, seeks to rectify a reality by which, under existing law, while the Knesset can take various disciplinary actions against MKs who abuse their office, it cannot dismiss elected officials unless the attorney general strips them of their parliamentary immunity.

The new law states MKs can pursue the impeachment of lawmakers if their actions and ideology "negate the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, incite racism, or express support for an armed struggle against the State of Israel by an enemy state or terrorist organization."

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