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Feb 27, 2023

more chaos than harmony

When 40 MKs sign a petition, they can force a session in Knesset in which the Prime Minister must be present. It seems such a session was put on the agenda for today, after the Opposition garnered 40 signatures to debate the judicial reforms.

Earlier today Minister Ben Gvir said his party, Otzma Yehudit, would not participate in the session today. They are upset that Netanyahu has ignored their demands, even demands that were agreed to in coalition agreements, and has basically gone it alone ignoring them. A delegation was sent to some conference yesterday in Jordan to discuss regional peace and calming of the high tension, and Ben Gvir only heard about it from the news. Additionally, Netanyahu's representative at this conference agreed to freeze settlement construction to lower the tensions, and Ben Gvir does not agree tot hat. He feels if Netanyahu will not treat them like the senior coalition partners they are, he will not fulfill his obligations in return.

And now, in a further interesting development, UTJ has announced they too will not participate in the session. UTJ is upset over coalition agreements that have not been fulfilled by Netanyahu to them. They are specifically upset about various budget promises that so far Netanyahu has not allowed them to cash in on, even while preparing and voting on the upcoming budget.

For what was meant to be the most homogenous government coalition ever that was supposedly going to work in harmony, this is getting pretty chaotic pretty quickly.

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1 comment:

  1. Bibi's laughing all the way to the bank, since he'd be very happy going back to his favorite position, interim/caretaker prime minister. He doesn't need a coalition. He only needed them to take the job away from Lapid.


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