Next Week’s Knesset Calendar Timeline:


Jeremy's Knesset Insider

Monday 10.3.14 – The Knesset plenum session begins at 11 AM (instead of 4 PM) with the traditional practice of the weekly government no-confidence motions. All seven opposition parties (Labor, Shas, UTJ, Meretz, Hadash, Ra’am-Ta’al, Balad, Kadima) are expected to try to topple the government. All seven attempts are expected to fail. It is possible the opposition will give up on (one, more or all of) the no-confidence motions in order to devote more time to speeches on the Electoral Reform Bill.

Following the no-confidence motion votes, Constitution Committee Chairman David Rotem (Y.B.) will present two bills: An Amendment to the Basic Law: The government & an Amendment (#62) to the Elections to the Knesset Law. Together the two amendments are also known as “The Electoral Reform Bill” and many other names as well. The MKs discussions, including the opposition’s objections to the bill, have a time limit and the…

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5 reasons why you shouldn’t work too hard


Forget Russian figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia spinning in a blur with her leg impossibly held straight up against her ear. The sight of skier Bode Miller collapsing with emotion at the end of a race dedicated to his brother while NBC cameras lingered uncomfortably on the long shot. Or even jubilant Noelle Pikus-Pace climbing into the stands to race into her family’s arms after her silver medal finish in the Skeleton.

The image that stands out most in my mind during the broadcast of the 2014 Winter Olympics? The Cadillac commercial with a boxy, middle-aged white guy in a fancy house striding purposefully from his luxurious swimming pool to his $75,000 luxury Cadillac ELR parked out front while extolling the virtues of hard work, American style.

“Why do we work so hard? For stuff?” actor Neal McDonough asks in the commercial that has been playing without cease. “Other countries work. They stroll home. They stop by a café. They take the entire month of August off. “Off,” he says again, to reinforce the point.

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Kati Marton (Norman Jean Roy/Vogue)