Israel’s coalition government loses its majority as the right – wing legislature withdraws

“Key values ​​in my worldview are not in line with current realities,” she wrote in a letter sent to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. “I can no longer bear the damage of values ​​that are our essence and right.”

She called for a right-wing government to be formed instead.

The letter did not specifically address government policies, but Silman has recently expressed opposition to plans to liberalize certain prayer rules at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, as well as instructions to allow people to bring chametz – food that is not kosher for Easter. – into hospitals during the upcoming Jewish holiday.

A spokesman for the prime minister, from whose Yamina party Silman comes, declined to comment.

In contrast, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to congratulate Silman on her decision. In a tweeted videohe said: “I urge everyone who was elected with the votes from [right-wing and religious] national camp to join Idit and return to our homes. “

It was not immediately clear what would happen next. Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute, says the government will only fall if there is majority support for the dissolution of the Knesset – which is on hold until May 8 – or if there is a majority in parliament for an alternative to the current one. coalition.

“No road is guaranteed,” he told CNN, noting that the coalition still holds 60 of the Knesset’s 120 seats. Netanyahu’s block has only 54.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

There is a “zero” chance, Plesner said, that the joint list – a predominantly Arab party that holds six seats and is not part of any bloc – would support Netanyahu. “What we can be sure of is that the coalition and the country return to a state of crisis,” he said. “But how this crisis will unfold is unclear.”

The current coalition government was formed on June 13, 2021, after four elections in less than two years were held. It includes eight parties spanning the spectrum of ideologies – from the left-wing Meretz party to New Hope and Yamina on the right. For the first time ever, it also includes an Arab party, the United Arab List.

Under the coalition agreement, the leader of the government’s largest party, current Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, will succeed Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in August 2023.

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