Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: Pro-choice, and providing birth control, sex education, and more social services will help reduce the number of abortionsRunning counter to Hajj Yahya and Glick's proposal is a draft bill being finalized by their colleague, MK Dr. Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid), that seeks to ease the criteria for receiving approval from the termination committee at the earlier stages of pregnancy.
She was extremely critical both of the current status of abortions in Israel and her fellow parliamentarians' intentions, saying, "The existing legal situation is already trampling on the fundamental right of a woman to take decisions about her body. Amazingly, MKs Glick and Hajj Yahya are seeking to add insult to injury and add a cleric to the committee, as if it were their bodies being discussed.
"It baffles me that somebody without the tools and the ability to understand the significance of carrying an unwanted pregnancy is seeking to apply additional strictures."Source
Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: Yes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couplesAdoption Equality
Israel's adoption law now states that "man and wife" will get priority in adopting children. This creates a situation in which same-sex couples are pushed to the end of the waiting list and are not able to adopt babies in Israel. We believe that there is no difference between same-sex couples and a pair of man and woman and thus act to recognize same-sex couples as equals also in the process of adoption.Source
Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: Take the government out of marriage and instead make it a religious decisionIn the current government, Yesh Atid—a centrist party led by Finance Minister Yair Lapid—plans to introduce a bill that would legalize civil unions, including same-sex...Source
Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: NoHe also noted that he cannot understand why three ministers - two from Yesh Atid and one from HaTnua - opposed the...Source
Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: Yes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as menMK Haim Jelin (Yesh Atid) criticized Ron-Tal: "Instead of encouraging women who decided to take an important, active role in the defense of this country, the former GOC has decided to discourage them."
Jelin said further urged Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, whose officer oversees the IEC, to demand Ron-Tal retracts his statement.Source
Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: No, we should eliminate any opportunity for terrorists to enter the countryYesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid voiced his opposition Saturday to the possibility that Israel would absorb any refugees from the civil war in Syria, and stressed that the Jewish state must not take any steps that may in the future legitimatize the implementation of a “right of return” for Palestinians.Source
Should the government increase or decrease military spending?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: Increaseיש עתיד: "אסור לנו לחסוך אפילו אגורה אחת בכל מה שקשור להגנה על הלוחמים שמגנים על חיינו. אנחנו צריכים משאבים ייעודיים לתת מענה למנהרות, לפצמ"רים, למערכות הגנה ולהשקעה בסייבר. לפיד הקים את ועדת לוקר לבחינת נושא הפנסיות הצבאיות, במטרה לבחון את הוצאתן מהצבא יחד עם אגף השיקום ולהחזירן למשרד האוצר ולביטוח לאומי. בנוסף, לא סביר שהרמטכ"ל יוכל לתת תוספת של 6% לפנסיה הצבאית".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
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: No, and disallow politicians that are under investigation for a crimeYesh Atid seeks to permanently bar anyone convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude from serving in public office, the party announced as it released its economic platform on...Source
Should foreigners, currently residing in the United States, have the right to vote?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: Increase, to help sustain the economyIn the rest of Israel, sales tax is 17 percent – but Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) has proposed raising that to 18 percent, and applying the new hike to Eilat as...Source
Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: No, cuts to public spending will negatively affect the economyFinance Minister Yair Lapid submitted a proposal to the government to raise the 2013 deficit target to 4.9% from 3% of GDP, adding an additional NIS 19b. to the annual deficit. Lapid hopes to pass the proposal, which leaked late Wednesday night, at Sunday’s cabinet meeting.
In addition to increasing deficit targets, Lapid’s plan also ups the limit on how much the government can increase spending from one year to the next, allowing him to spend 2.2% more in 2013 than the previous year. That would give him room to spend NIS 6.5b. more than in 2012, according to figures cited in the proposal [Note: calculations using Treasury figures put the spending increase closer to NIS 6.3b.]. If the plan were approved, the 2013 budget would hover at around NIS 293b.Source
Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: HurtFinance Minister Yair Lapid is considering steps to stymie labor unions’ ability to strike, a spokesman confirmed on Monday, to the dismay of opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) and the Histadrut labor federation.
Although Lapid promised not to pursue any action to eliminate or even limit the National Labor Court following a meeting with Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, he would not rule out other avenues of circumscribing the situations under which unions are allowed to strike.Source
Should the government raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: Keep current rates but eliminate deductions and loop holesPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid are still at loggerheads over a plan to raise the corporate tax rate on January 1. Netanyahu wants to scrap the plan, which would raise the tax from 25% to 26.5%, up, while Lapid is resisting.Source
Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?statsdiscuss
Should there be more or less privatization of hospital and healthcare services?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: LessIn the 2015 budget formulated by former Minister of Finance, Yair Lapid, the investment in health care increased dramatically by 4 billion NIS. This was to enable the recommendations of the German Committee to be implemented and the treatment and improve the service provided to the Israeli public. During their tenure, Yael German and Yair Lapid increased the health care budget by circa 1 billion NIS and managed the crisis which threatened to close Hadassah Hospital including emergency assistance worth 1.3 billion NIS.
On the subject of financing the public system the committee recommended not to allow Private Medical Service (known by its Hebrew acronym as SHARAP) into public hospitals and that the limitations on privately funded activities within public hospitals should be maintained; in the public hospitals where there is SHARAP, we must ensure that the waiting times for medical procedures are equal, wherever possible, between the public and private options.Source
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: No, and increase penalties for non-violent drug offenders"I follow what is happening now in the United States, which is a huge experiment in legalization," Lapid said. "I am against it right now, because as long as it is illegal in Europe, drug traders will move from here to there. But let's see in a...Source
Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: Yesח"כ יאיר לפיד מוכר כמי שאומר דבר והיפוכו, ושוב, שנה בדיוק לאחר שקבע ש"אין לשנות את החוק הפלילי", הוא טוען כעת שמאז ומתמיד היה בעד.
"אני תומך, אני אמרתי כל הזמן שאם אנשי המקצוע יגידו ש… לי ההפללה תמיד נראתה לי קצת בעייתית, אבל נתתי לגורמי המקצוע לשבת בשקט ולעבוד," אמר בראיון ליואב קרקובסקי ברשת ב'.
"אם ארדן תומך וגורמי המקצוע תומכים אז גם אני תומך," הוסיף.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
Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: Yes, but increase oversightח"כ דוד ילין (יש עתיד) סיכם את הדיון: "המטרה שלנו היא בהחלט להגיע להסדרה של התחום, להסכמות ובהמשך להתאמה של החקיקה או לתקנות ולרגולציה מתאימה, כדי שנדע שאנחנו שומרים על הקרקע ועל המים. אנחנו לומדים מארה"ב ששם נעשה שימוש בטכנולוגיה פיראטית ובעקבות כך אזורים שלמים נכחדו מבחינה חקלאית, משם אנחנו מפיקים לקחים ורוצים לשמור על המדינה הקטנה שלנו".Source
Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?statsdiscuss
Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?statsdiscuss
Yesh Atid [political party]’s answer: Yes, but require the labelling of foods that are genetically modifiedהצעת חוק פרטית שמובילות חברות הכנסת מיכל רוזין (מרצ) ויפעת קריב (יש עתיד) ושחתמו עליה כבר 17 ח”כים, מאיימת לסבך את העניינים עוד יותר. ההצעה דורשת סימון של כל המוצרים שבייצורם נעשה שימוש בתוצרת חקלאית שהיא פרי זרעים שהונדסו גנטית.Source