Israeli election avoided as state budget passes into law, after 3.5 years

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Israeli election avoided as state budget passes into law, after 3.5 years
Some opposition MKs mistakenly voted with the coalition, including opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu on a budget clause at 1 a.m.
By GIL HOFFMAN
NOVEMBER 4, 2021

The Knesset passed the 2021 state budget into law in a 61-59 vote at 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning, giving Israel a new budget for the first time since March 15, 2018. By the afternoon, it looked like the 2022 state budget would also be passed by the evening. But then Labor MK Emilie Moatti made a mistake in her vote on a budget clause on funding for school buildings, resulting in a 59-59 vote, and the Finance Committee had to be reconvened to correct the error.

The Likud celebrated the win. MK Miki Zohar said Bennett’s prediction that the coalition would win every vote was proven false. When the vote on the first budget was announced, coalition MKs applauded and embraced each other in joy. The MKs went to sleep for a few hours and resumed voting on Thursday, passing the Economic Arrangements Law. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett praised the budget’s passage, writing on Twitter that he was proud that Israel finally had a budget.

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