In major challenge for coalition, Knesset to vote on 1st reading of state budget

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In major challenge for coalition, Knesset to vote on 1st reading of state budget
Meretz and Yamina still at odds over regulatory reform included in bill, with both threatening to vote against; budget must pass 3 readings by Nov. 4 or Knesset dissolves
By TOI staff

Israel’s fledgling government faces one of its most formidable challenges yet as it attempts to pass the state budget in a first reading in the Knesset on Thursday amid signs of dissent from some parties. Failure to pass the pair of budget bills — one to earmark funds and an Arrangements Bill to determine how allocation will be implemented — in three readings in the Knesset plenum by a November 4 deadline, would automatically dissolve parliament and elections would follow.

The budget will require all the votes of the wafer-thin coalition to pass, with the opposition of a single lawmaker able to bring it down. The diverse composition of the government led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett — made up of right-wing, centrist and left-wing parties — complicates the effort. But negotiations were still taking place up until the last moment, with a key disagreement between the left-wing Meretz party and Bennett’s Yamina over a regulatory reform that is included in the Arrangements Bill. Meretz has expressed concern that the reform, meant to streamline bureaucracy, will benefit business and industry at the cost of public health and the environment.

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