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Number of emergency orders reduced by two-thirds in recent years. The state of emergency has existed since 1948.
Israel will continue to be in a national state of emergency for at least three months, as the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved the extension of that state on Tuesday.
All of the committee’s members, except for Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On, approved the motion.
The national state of emergency has been extant since the country was founded in 1948, and is based on laws from the British Mandate for Palestine. It includes hundreds of orders covering security issues as well as civil and economic ones.
A task force consisting of members of the Foreign Affairs and Defense and Law, Constitution and Justice committees is meant to reduce the number of such orders, following a 1999 High Court decision on the matter.
Source: Jerusalem Post
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