‘No government with Joint List,’ Bennett vows amid coalition crisis


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‘No government with Joint List,’ Bennett vows amid coalition crisis
Joint List’s Odeh stands behind his words calling on Arabs not to serve in the security forces.
Published: APRIL 11, 2022

The coalition will not invite the Joint List to join its ranks, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett vowed amid an ongoing political crisis and outrage after Joint List leader Ayman Odeh called on Israeli police officers to refuse orders. “The Joint List is not in this government, and will not be in this government,” Bennett told Channel 12, in one of his three television interviews on Monday. “The Joint List is not in the coalition and will not be in the coalition. There is no need to fall for every spin by our rivals. The ones in an alliance are Odeh, the Likud, and [Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel] Smotrich – an alliance of trolls.”

In a Ramadan message, Odeh said that “it is humiliating for one of our sons to join the security forces of the occupation... Palestinian flags will be hoisted on the walls of Jerusalem and peace will spread in the land of peace. The young people must not join the occupying forces. Throw the weapon in their face and tell them that our place is not with you.” Following an uproar over his remarks, the police contacted the State Attorney’s Office to check whether there was incitement. Likud MK Shlomo Karhi began gathering signatures on Monday from other MKs to impeach Odeh, which would require the support of 70 MKs and 90 votes in the Knesset plenum.

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