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Israeli parties come to compromise to allow equal tax breaks for same-sex parents

in ISRAEL, 26/12/2013

Israel’s centrist Yesh Atid party and religious conservative Bayit Yehudi party have come to a compromise to allow same-sex parents to enjoy the same tax benefits as heterosexual couples with children – with the issue likely to be solved by Ministerial regulation rather than enshrined in law.

However the details of the compromise have been kept secret – angering left wing parties in the Israeli opposition who refused to vote for a draft bill Yesh Atid had put before the parliament to resolve the issue.

Without most of the opposition voting, the bill passed 44-20 in a vote in the Knesset on Wednesday – with three Bayit Yehudi lawmakers voting in favor of it.

Reports in the Israeli media suggest the two parties have reached an agreement where both get to save face with their supporters.

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