Likud pulls bill to dissolve Knesset after Ra’am gives coalition another chance

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Likud pulls bill to dissolve Knesset after Ra’am gives coalition another chance
MK Walid Taha to lead negotiations with coalition leadership on fulfilling party’s outstanding demands; opposition’s bid for new elections scuttled for time being
By Carrie Keller-Lynn
11 May 2022

The Likud party on Wednesday pulled its bill to dissolve the Knesset after Ra’am chief Mansour Abbas announced that his party will return to the coalition and fulfill its related obligations. With Ra’am’s four MKs, the coalition is back to a 60-60 seat parity with the Likud-led opposition, foiling the opposition’s bid to pass a preliminary reading on Wednesday of a bill to dissolve the Knesset and force elections. Had the opposition brought the measure and failed, it would have been unable to bring a similar bill to a vote again for six months.

“We’ve come to a conclusion that Ra’am, with the Shura Council and the Islamic Movement, will give a chance to coming back and fulfilling our obligations to the coalition agreement,” Abbas said, ending speculation about Ra’am’s plans following a three-week coalition timeout and a Tuesday night marathon meeting of the southern branch of the Islamic Movement’s Shura Council, which guides the party.

Flanked by the three other members of his Knesset faction, Abbas said at a press conference that Ra’am does not want another election. “We in Ra’am think it’s a mistake to go to an election cycle that will bring back Netanyahu and reverse all of the issues we’ve been working on,” Abbas said to journalists gathered outside of the prime minister’s Knesset office.

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“We in Ra’am think it’s a mistake to go to an election cycle that will bring back Netanyahu and reverse all of the issues we’ve been working on,” Abbas said to journalists gathered outside of the prime minister’s Knesset office.
Translated from Pali speak, that means they are worried because their pollsters show they are losing to the other main Arabic muslim faction in the coalition namely the Joint List.

Abbas and Ra'am are part of the Muslim Brotherhood and they are in the Knesset for strategic reasons, not the least of which is to hold the threat of leaving the coalition and forcing another election in Israel if their demands aren't met.

Right now they have more clout staying inside the coalition until their Arab voters have forgotten any irritation with them in the wake of Ramadan.

For now the shaky coalition and it's Muslim Brotherhood leaders survives.
 
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