Israel's gov't in crisis after rebel MKs sink West Bank emergency bill

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Israel's gov't in crisis after rebel MKs sink West Bank emergency bill
The coalition failed to pass a directive giving Israel jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank that has been approved every five years since 1967.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Published: JUNE 6, 2022

In a critical blow to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government late Monday, the coalition failed to pass a directive giving Israel legal jurisdiction over Israelis living in the West Bank that has been approved every five years since 1967. Opposition MKs applauded following the announcement of the results that the vote fell with 52 votes for it and 58 against it. Failure of the bill led to immediate speculation that the government will soon fall and Israel will head to a new election.

Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi (Meretz) and Mazen Ghanaim (Ra’am – United Arab List) voted against the bill and other Ra'am MKs and former coalition head Idit Silman absented themselves from the vote. Without their support, it was impossible to pass the bill, which must be reapproved by the end of June. Yamina MK Nir Orbach confronted Ghanaim and shouted at him that their partnership in the coalition had failed. “Some you win, some you lose,” Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, who initiated the bill, told The Jerusalem Post following a meeting with Bennett. “Today, we’re on the other side.”

more............ https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/article-708714
 
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