– I cannot continue to support the existence of such a coalition, which shamefully harasses the community from which I come, writes the Israeli-Arab politician Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi in her letter of resignation to the government of Naftali Bennett.
On Thursday, she sent shock waves through Israeli politics by suddenly withdrawing her support for the government. Even his own party leader was put to bed by the decision, according to the report Ha’aretz.
Zoabi says eight-party coalition leaders have chosen to take a ‘warmongering, hard-line, right-wing stance’, discussing police brutality on Temple Mount and funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh , where riot police intervened.
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It is not at all surprising that the government is cracking down on joins. From the start, the project was fragile, made up of eight parties ranging from the Jewish right to an Arab-Muslim party.
But with the departure of Zoabi, they have now become a minority, and thus risk being overthrown by the national assembly, the Knesset.
In April, the government lost its majority when parliamentarian Idit Silman resigned from Bennett’s Yamina party. They then found themselves with the same number of Knesset seats as the opposition – 60 seats.
Now the opposition, led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has a majority of 61 votes and can in theory demand the dissolution of the government and new elections.
They can do so by presenting a proposal to the Knesset next Wednesday.
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However, it is not certain that there is a majority for such a proposal. When asked what she would vote for if the opposition proposed it, Zoabi replied that she would “vote with a clear conscience”. This may indicate that she will support the coalition, even if she is no longer part of it, according to the report Ha’aretz.
If the proposal fails, six months will pass before it can be resubmitted.
Opposition leader Netayahu, who served as prime minister from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2009 to June 2021, has made it clear he wants to overthrow Bennett’s government, demand new elections and regain power.
Bennett’s government was sworn in last June, apparently marking the end of a political crisis that had led to four elections in two years.
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