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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett loses his historic majority in Parliament – ​​RT in French

The head of the Israeli government, Naftali Bennett, no longer has a majority in Parliament after the departure of a deputy, less than a year after taking office. Four legislative elections have already taken place in the country between 2019 and 2021.

New political crisis in Israel: less than a year after coming to power, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s coalition lost its majority in Parliament on April 6 after the surprise departure of a right-wing MP, immediately courted by the leader of opposition Benjamin Netanyahu. On the morning of April 6, MP Idit Silman, elected from Prime Minister Bennet’s radical right-wing Yamina party, thus left the coalition which had 61 seats, the threshold of a majority in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament having 120 deputies. .

“I tried the path of unity. I have worked a lot for this coalition, but unfortunately I cannot harm Israel’s Jewish identity,” Idit Silman said in a statement, setting the tone for an intense political day in Israel, a country that has held four legislative elections in two years, from 2019 to 2021.

Naftali Bennett and the centrist Yaïr Lapid had finally brought together in June 2021 a motley coalition supported by 61 deputies and bringing together the left, the center, right-wing parties and an Arab formation, a first in the history of the country, to put an end to more than 12 consecutive years of reign of Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I am ending my presence in the coalition and I will try to talk to my friends in order to return home and form a right-wing government. And I know that I am not the only one to feel this way,” added MP Idit Silman, whose statement was immediately welcomed by opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Idit, you have just proven that what guides your action is the Jewish identity of Israel, the land of Israel, and I welcome you back to the national camp,” said Benjamin Netanyahu, who leads, in a video. a right-wing opposition bloc bringing together its party, the Likud, orthodox Jewish formations and the extreme right.

Benjamin Netanyahu in search of defectors to return to power

Legislative work in the Knesset is currently on hiatus and the budget, which must be approved by a majority to avoid the dissolution of the chamber, has already been approved by parliament. The coalition now has 60 seats, as many as the opposition. If she manages to rally at least one other MP to the government, she could hold a vote of no confidence and thus potentially lead the country to new legislative elections.

Benjamin Netanyahu, who is seeking to return to power despite his corruption trial, has called on other right-wing lawmakers in the coalition government to join his camp. “You will be welcomed with open arms and with all honors,” he declared on April 6, when the right-wing opposition had already planned a large evening demonstration in Jerusalem against the coalition government.

The departure of MP Idit Silman came after a row this week with Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz. He had asked hospitals, in accordance with a decision of the Supreme Court, to authorize the distribution of sourdough bread – and not unleavened as is the Jewish tradition – during the Jewish Passover. Political commentators, however, questioned this reason alone, citing tensions within the coalition which brings together both members of the radical right and the Arab Ra’am party.

This political crisis comes as Israel has just suffered three deadly attacks, including two linked to the jihadist organization Islamic State, is increasing operations in the occupied West Bank, and fears clashes on the sidelines of large gatherings linked to the fasting month of Ramadan.


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