Bennett combats ultimatum that could bring down coalition


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Bennett combats ultimatum that could bring down coalition
His ultimatum follows the decision by fellow Yamina Party parliamentarian Idit Silman on Wednesday to resign from the coalition.
Published: APRIL 7, 2022

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett worked to shore up his shaky coalition after Yamina MK Nir Orbach warned he would quit the government unless his three-pronged ultimatum was met, making settlements a central issue in the ongoing crisis. The demands were made in coordination with his Yamina colleagues Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked and Deputy Minister Abir Kara, a party source said. Shaked and Kara, like Orbach and Yamina MK Idit Silman – who resigned from the coalition on Wednesday – have faced massive pressure from the Right to leave the ideologically diverse coalition.

Orbach demanded the restoration of daycare subsidies for children of yeshiva students and has asked that the Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria be convened to authorize plans for new settler homes, something that has not happened for the last six months. He also demanded that the government allow for West Bank outposts to be hooked up to the electricity grid. But within hours of his ultimatum, it appeared as if his demands had opened the door for Bennett’s government to recoup its losses.