Controversial illegal electricity law advances

The Knesset Interior Committee voted Tuesday to promote a controversial bill that allows thousands of illegally built homes to connect to the national electricity grid.

The bill was approved unanimously because opposition MPs are still boycotting votes in Knesset committees.

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked (Yamina) and Interior Committee Head Waleed Taha (Ra’am – United Arab List) reached a compromise on the wording that allows for the advancement of the bill, which has yet to be passed into law three times in the Knesset plenum.

Members of the Joint List voted in favor of the bill, although they said it did not go far enough.

The chairman of the Blue and White faction, Eitan Ginzburg, a former mayor of Ra’anana, said that although the bill would mainly help the Arab sector, due to the lack of government planning in the sector, it would actually affect all authorities. local in Israel.

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked is seen speaking at the Jerusalem Post’s annual conference at the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem on October 12, 2021 (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI / MAARIV).

Religious Zionist Party deputy Orit Struck told the committee that the real reason was that in the Arab sector, there is less care to obey the laws and the Arab municipalities need to do more planning, not the state. She complained that Jewish children in unauthorized outposts would not benefit from the bill.

“There is no basic right to get electricity when the law is broken, even if you are an Arab,” Struck said. “This has been repeatedly decided by the Supreme Court.”

Ra’am’s leader, Mansour Abbas, officially launched the government’s plans to close the gap between the Jewish and Arab sectors in a ceremony on Tuesday.

“I say to all those who want to prevent the plans from going ahead, get over it,” Abbas said.

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