Reunification law to be brought to a vote without guaranteed majority


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Reunification law to be brought to a vote without guaranteed majority
Government to gamble on shaming opposition MKs into abstaining, absenting themselves from vote on law with national security implications so as to allow it to pass without Ra’am, Meretz support.
JULY 4, 2021

In a major political gamble, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked has said she will bring the controversial family reunification law for a vote in the Knesset on Monday despite not being assured of enough backers to pass it into law. After talks among coalition partners on a compromise proposed by Meretz MK and Regional Cooperation Minister Esawi Frej foundered, the government is now hoping that enough opposition MKs who back the statute in principle, will abstain or vote for it to prevent the current law from expiring on Tuesday.

The law, which was first passed in 2003 as a temporary measure, stops Palestinians who marry Israelis from automatically acquiring Israeli citizenship on security grounds. Coalition partners Ra’am and Meretz oppose the proposal in its current form. Although the Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism and MKs from the Religious Zionist Party have all voted in favor of extending the family reunification law in the past, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to allow opposition MKs to vote in favor of the bill now, arguing that it would be better to enact a stricter immigration bill that would stop Palestinian naturalization permanently.