Debate ahead of Citizenship Law vote begins in Knesset


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Debate ahead of Citizenship Law vote begins in Knesset
Both Ra'am and Meretz MKs have stated that they will not support the law, meaning that the coalition must rely on opposition members to support it in their place.
JULY 6, 2021

An estimated 45 MKs will speak in the Knesset plenum on Monday night, ahead of the vote on the Citizenship Law. The discussion ahead of the vote began earlier than expected, and opened with speeches from various members of the opposition including MK Itamar Ben-Gvir from the Religious Zionist Party, Shas MK Yoav Ben-Tzur, and MK Keti Shitrit from Likud. A short while after the session began, however, members of the opposition withdrew from speaking in the plenum, in a reported attempt to put more pressure on the coalition, according to Army Radio. Shortly after the opposition members withdrew their speeches, over 30 members of the coalition registered to speak in their places ahead of the vote, among them Yesh Atid MKs Idan Roll, Ron Katz, and Nira Shpak. Speaking to a reporter as he entered the Knesset plenum, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that he is "always optimistic," about the success he will have in passing the contested law on Monday night.