Israel's coalition crisis: Silman, the coalition rebel, can decide its fate - analysis

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Israel's coalition crisis: Silman, the coalition rebel, can decide its fate - analysis
Yamina MK Idit Silman, who resigned from the coalition, is stuck between a rock and hard place regarding Monday's seminal bill.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Published: JUNE 6, 2022

When former coalition chairwoman Idit Silman bolted to the opposition two months ago, she thought she would immediately bring down Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government and be welcomed as a hero by her right-wing constituency. But when no one followed her and the government stayed alive, she was seen as a contractor who did not finish her work or, worse, a martyr who only succeeded in injuring her intended victim.

Two months later, on the most ironic of bills, Silman held the key and got her revenge against those who mocked her. Silman’s readiness to vote against the West Bank emergency bill dealt the coalition another critical blow, while potentially causing enormous harm to residents of Judea and Samaria in the process.

Even if all four Ra’am (United Arab List) MKs and Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi agreed to reaffirm a directive giving Israel legal jurisdiction over Israelis living in the West Bank, the coalition still would have needed Silman to leave the room during the vote, as she has for all controversial legislation since her rebellion.

more............. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/article-708645
 
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