Multiple anti-Netanyahu bills postponed indefinitely in Knesset

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Multiple anti-Netanyahu bills postponed indefinitely in Knesset
A bill to enact term limits for prime ministers and another to prevent an MK under indictment from serving in the gov't still need a 61 majority to pass, something that won't be easy.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Published: MAY 18, 2022

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu scored a significant political victory on Wednesday when sources in Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's governing coalition gave up their efforts to enact term limits for prime ministers and prevent an MK under indictment from forming a government. Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar had passed the term limit bill in all its readings in the Knesset plenum and in committees except one. The deadline for the final reading is next Monday.

But as changes to the Basic Law, both of the bills required the support of 61 MKs, which is nearly impossible in a coalition that has numbered 60 MKs since former coalition chairwoman Idit Silman defected to the opposition. The Joint List was willing to support both bills from the opposition, but the Likud decided to turn them into votes of confidence in the current government, and the Joint List did not agree to endorse the government, even in tactical votes to harm Netanyahu.

The decision outraged independent MK Eli Avidar, who was one of the leaders of the protests against Netanyahu outside the Prime Minister's Residence on Jerusalem's Balfour Street. "All we are doing is conceding on our values and our promises to the voters and enabling Netanyahu to come back through the front door," Avidar wrote on Twitter. "We keep surrendering and in the end, we will be thrown out. It is time for the naive to wake up."

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