At the initiative of Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, the Knesset Plenum will hold for the first time on Monday ”Questions Hour,” a new parliamentary tool that was incorporated into the Knesset`s Rules of Procedure during the Winter Assembly.
”Questions Hour” is meant to give the opposition an opportunity to raise issues directly with government ministers, including the prime minister. From now on, the tool will be an additional option, along with motions of no-confidence in the government, which over the past few years have become almost a weekly occurrence in the Plenum.
The first minister to respond to questions in the framework of ”Questions Hour” will be Education Minister Naftali Bennett.
(Minister Naftali Bennett; archives photo)
As stated in the Knesset Rules of Procedure, the House Committee will designate 10 separate days per session during which the prime minister, or any other minister, will be summoned to the Plenum to answer questions. The PM, or any other minister, will not be summoned to answer questions more than once per session, and the opposition factions will have to announce, two weeks in advance, which minister will be summoned. At least 75% of the MKs asking the questions will be from the opposition. In addition, the number of no-confidence motions has been reduced from every week to 10 times per session.
The House Committee further determined that during the summer assembly, which will be shorter than usual, no more than five motions of no-confidence will be submitted, and only five ”Questions Hour” sessions will be held.