Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: YesAccording to the ministry’s new position, the criteria for adoption will address the potential parents’ suitability for a given child, regardless of sexual orientation. The state's position was filed in response to a petition to the High Court filed by the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, together with the Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform movement, against the Social Affairs Ministry and the attorney general.
“In light of the public opposition to the state’s position, Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services Minister Haim Katz demanded a re-examination of the position,” the ministry said in a statement to the state attorney, who represents the State of Israel in court.Source
Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: No, too many people are innocently convictedPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday ordered Likud ministers to oppose a bill calling for the death penalty for terrorists. The prime minister issued his order just an hour before the Ministerial Committee for Legislation was meant to discuss the bill.Source
Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: Yes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as menSharren Haskel, MK Likud:
"During the second intifada, as a female combat soldier in the Border Police I fought to serve in Jerusalem. I participated in arrests, clashes in alleys, and the difficult sights in the scenes of terrorist attacks I will never forget.
As someone who trained young female fighters and saw the fire burning in their eyes and unwavering faith to serve the State of Israel, despite the risk to their lives, I have no doubt that you are wrong.
Moreover, in recent years we have seen how great the contribution of female fighters is, in all frameworks, thwarting attacks, in combat operations and guarding the borders. You can hear it even from IDF commanders themselves.
The State of Israel is expected to face many challenges in the future. We want, need and certainly can take part, each one in her own way and faith, in defending the homeland."Source
Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?statsdiscuss
Should the U.S. overthrow President Assad of Syria?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: NoIsrael does not intervene in the Syrian civil war but will not allow attacks from the country to be launched at Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) said Wednesday, a day after he met Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Syria and other regional issues.
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“You ask about the future of [Israel’s] relations with President [Bashar] Assad? I would ask what is the future of President Assad in general?” Netanyahu told Russian Jewish leaders. “We do not interfere in this issue. We’re making sure that Syria won’t become a launchpad for attacks against Israel.”Source
Do you support the military offensive against ISIS in the Iraqi city of Mosul?statsdiscuss
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Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: Yes, but only for those who do not pursue further education or employmentLikud MKs voted against abolishing the...Source
Likud’s answer: NoIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) on Sunday rejected a call to host refugees from Syria and elsewhere, saying that while Israel is "not indifferent to the human tragedy of the refugees," it is not in a position to take them in.
... Netanyahu stressed Israel’s medical care for over 1,000 injured Syrians, as well as efforts to aid African nations and thus stem the flow of migrants. However, he said that Israel’s “lack of demographic and geographic depth” requires controlling its borders against both “illegal migrants and terrorism.”
... Immigrant Absorption Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud) accused Herzog of gambling on Israel’s strategic interests for the sake of “one minute of favor” in international media. He also expressed the fear that the refugee crisis could give Palestinians an opening to bring the so-called right of return, which would allow Palestinians to return to land they occupied before the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, in “through the back door.”
Transportation Minister Israel Katz (Likud) said it would be a mistake for Israel to get involved in the Syrian civil war by taking in refugees. “We are too close, too involved. We are not a European country,” he said.Source
Should the government increase or decrease military spending?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: IncreasePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supports a major increase in the 2016 defense budget, according to preliminary discussions in recent days at the Ministry of Finance as part of preparations for the proposed 2015-2016 budget. Netanyahu, who is still serving as acting Minister of Finance until a new government is sworn in, ordered the Ministry of Finance professional echelons to consider the budget consequences of increasing the defense budget beyond the NIS 55 billion allocated in the Ministry of Finance's planning for 2016.Source
Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?statsdiscuss
Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: Noקודם לדיון סיפרה ח"כ ציפי חוטובלי, יוזמת החוק: "למען האמת, הייתי מעדיפה שלא יהיה צורך בחוק כזה. אין שום היגיון בכך שציבור ייתן את אמונו באדם שמעל כבר בעבר. נוסף על כך, מצופה מנבחר ציבור שנתפס בקלקלתו שלא יפגין את החוצפה שבניסיון נוסף להשגת שררה. זו נורמה בסיסית ביותר בכל חברה מוסרית. אין כאן רדיפה אחרי איש. מי שאמון הציבור במוסדות השלטון חשוב לו, חייב לחסום את הכניסה למושחתים. איזה מסר יוצא מכנסת שחלק מחבריה הורשעו בשחיתות שלטונית ?".
לדבריה של חוטובלי "התנגדות לחוק היא פגיעה בניקיון הכפיים של הכנסת, ומעבירה מסר של שחיתות מבית המחוקקים. כל מי שהמאבק בשחיתות השלטונית חשוב לו חייב להתייצב ולתמוך בחוק".Source
Should foreigners, currently residing in the United States, have the right to vote?statsdiscuss
Should political parties receive money from the government?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: Yes, and funding should be proportional to the amount of votes they receiveיריב לוין, שר התיירות (הליכוד) אמר כי "נדמה לי שאף אחד לא חולק על הצורך בחוק מימון מפלגות, כולם מבינים את הצורך בו, והחשש מערבוב של הון ושלטון. שיגיד לי מישהו שאין לו שום מחויבות לאדם שתרם לו, ולכן מה שנכון למפלגות נכון בדיוק לחברי כנסת המתמודדים בפרימריז, כי התלות באדם הבודד בתורמים לו כסף היא תמיד תהייה בעייתית. החוק הזה הכרחי אולי כדי לשים חסם לקשר ההון שלטון החזק ביותר המשפיע על הבניין הזה".Source
Likud’s answer: Lower the income tax rate and remove all existing tax loopholes for large corporationsThe rich will be paying higher income taxes as of this year. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) signed the new tax regulations in recent days, which levy a 2% surtax on incomes of NIS 800,000 a year. This sum includes taxable income from any source - not just salary - including capital gains, dividends, interest, rents, etc. Steinitz had to sign the new withholding rules, so that now any employee with a monthly salary of over NIS 67,630 will pay the extra 2% starting January 2013. The treasury expects the tax hike to bring in NIS 600 million a year in higher tax revenues.Source
Should the government abolish the inheritance tax?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: DecreasePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced a reduction in the sales and corporate taxes on Thursday, a move criticized by Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug.
Netanyahu and Kahlon said that value-added sales tax would be lowered from 18 percent to 17 percent beginning on October 1.
In a joint press conference with Kahlon, Netanyahu said the move is designed to act as a “growth engine.”Source
Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: No, reduce military spending insteadMinister of Finance Yuval Steinitz is expected to submit to the cabinet a proposal that will upend the fiscal rules for public spending by the government. He proposes a new spending formula that will define public spending as a function of the average growth in the previous years while aiming for a debt-to-GDP ratio of 60%, the level stipulated in the EU Maastricht Treaty.
The current spending formula limits growth in government spending to 1.7% over the previous year, a figure that is in line with Israel's population growth rate. The new formula will let the government increase its spending in 2011 by 2.6% compared with 2010.
The Ministry of Finance said today that this will give the government greater flexibility even as it tries to reach the 60% debt-to-GDP ratio.Source
Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: Hurt, I support some private unions but am strongly against public unionsA new Likud campaign ad released on Thursday effectively compares government workers to Hamas terrorists. The video, filmed at a "support group" meeting, shows actors playing a dock worker, a regulatory agent, a former cellular executive, and a Hamas terrorist commiserating about how Netanyahu's policies have hurt them.
The ad opens with the actor portraying a dock worker saying, "I am here because of Bibi. After his reforms I suddenly had to start working, to start providing service to the public."Source
Should the government raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: LowerPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced a reduction in the sales and corporate taxes on Thursday, a move criticized by Bank of Israel Governor Karnit...Source
Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: Yes, and legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana instead of criminalizing itThe Knesset plenum approved in preliminary reading the amendment bill to the Dangerous Drugs Orders Law that will allow the export of medical cannabis.
The measure that was initiated by MK Yoav Kisch (Likud) passed 33-0.
“One of our duties as lawmakers is to act on issues that seem a bit groundbreaking and in places that the government has yet to set foot in,” Kisch said before the vote.
“On the one hand, we see that farmers here in Israel are going through rough times, and on the other hand, we see that the whole topic of medical cannabis is gaining steam all over the world,” he said. “After analyzing the global cannabis market, it seems that the potential annual profit of exporting cannabis is around NIS 1 billion.”
The explanatory notes of the bill say the purpose of the bill is to create a clear distinction between trading cannabis that is labeled as a “dangerous drug” and exporting cannabis for medical use.Source
Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: YesLikud MK Nava Boker, who sponsored the bill, said last March: "I presented this bill following the incitement and riots we have been seeing in Arab towns in Israel. The current reality is unbearable -- protesters are burning Israeli flags and just go on with their lives. The current penalties, which are ridiculous, are barely enforced. It is time to impose a harsher sentence and a hefty fine to end this disgraceful phenomenon."
Boker said she believes harsher punitive measures will be able to generate deterrence and curtail incitement.Source
Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?statsdiscuss
Likud’s answer: Yes, for most but not all drugsIn a move seen as paving the way for marijuana to be decriminalized, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Thursday he plans to dramatically change the way the Israeli penal code treats private, recreational use of the drug.
Speaking at a press conference to announce his decision, Erdan said he will be adopting proposals put forward by the Anti-Drug Authority to adopt the “Portugal Model,” in which possession and use of the drug would be decriminalized and treated largely as a health issue.Source
Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?statsdiscuss
Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?statsdiscuss