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Israeli coalition government hangs in the balance

Naftali Bennett

Israeli coalition government hangs in the balance

Tel Aviv, Jul 12 ​​(Prensa Latina) The Israeli coalition government is reeling after the announcement Sunday by the Islamist Raam party to boycott meetings and votes in the Knesset (parliament) until further notice without giving an explanation.
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In his Twitter account, legislator Waleed Taha revealed the position of the group led by Mansour Abbas and specified that it had already been communicated to the rest of the alliance.

With 61 of the 120 seats in the legislature, the far-right prime minister Naftali Bennett needs all four votes from Raam to stay in power, to which he arrived just a month ago after removing his former ally Benjamin Netanyahu from office.

According to various media outlets such as The Times of Israel newspaper, the small party is upset because its criteria are not taken into account and because of the Executive’s approach to the opposition and rival Joint List, which brings together Arab-Israeli formations.

The latter harshly criticized Raam’s decision to be the first Arab group to form an Israeli government since the country’s founding in 1948.

Bennett and his team are in talks with the Joint List for possible endorsement of the general state budget, which must be approved within 100 days after the government is sworn in or it will be forced to call a new election.

The diverse government alliance includes far-right, center, pacifist and Islamist parties, all united by a common denominator: their rejection of until recently Prime Minister Netanyahu, head of the opposition and considered a hawk for his tough positions on the Palestinians.

Netanyahu, who hopes to regain the power he held for 12 years in a row, rubs his hands over these disagreements.


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