Israel's coalition crisis: Meretz MK bolts Bennett's government

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Israel's coalition crisis: Meretz MK bolts Bennett's government
MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi's departure will give the opposition a majority of 61 to 59 MKs and could bring about an election in the fall.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Published: MAY 19, 2022

The government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid suffered a serious blow on Thursday when another MK announced that she is leaving their governing coalition. Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi sent a letter to Bennett and Lapid saying that she no longer saw herself as part of the coalition. She also announced that she would not accept her appointment as Israel’s next consul general in Shanghai.

“I entered politics because I saw myself as an emissary of Arab society, which I represent,” Zoabi wrote. “Unfortunately over the last few months for narrow political reasons, the heads of the coalition preferred to strengthen their right side. Again and again, the heads of the coalition preferred to take harsh hawkish right-wing steps on key issues related to Arab society.” She cited Al Aqsa, the Temple Mount, Sheikh Jarrah, settlements, house demolitions, the Citizenship Law and land confiscations in the Negev. “When it came to the needs of Arab society and communities, housing, employment and education, they were indifferent,” said Zoabi.

more............. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/article-707128
 
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