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Israel’s Coalition Still Safe after Ra’am Resumes Support

May 12, 2022

by: Moran Azulay ~ Ynetnews

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Mansour Abbas, the leader of Ra’am

Thursday, 12 May 2022 | The leader of the Islamist Ra’am party on Wednesday said his party will unfreeze its participation in the coalition, thereby thwarting the opposition’s intentions to legislate a dissolution of Parliament.

The opposition said it intended to table a motion to dissolve the Knesset [Parliament], if a majority can be mustered, to pass a preliminary reading. A failure of the bill will require a period of six months before it can be tabled again.

[Prime Minister Naftali] Bennett’s coalition, which has already lost its parliamentary majority after the former whip announced she would be changing her alliance to the right-wing opposition, stood to lose the critical vote without the support of all members of the coalition, including the Islamist party.

Mansour Abbas said that following a period in which the party had suspended its membership in the coalition because of Israel’s policy towards the holy Muslim site on the Temple Mount, Ra’am decided to continue the political partnership with the government for the benefit of Arab citizens of Israel.

Earlier opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu said in the Knesset on Wednesday that the government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett cannot be trusted to protect IDF [Israel Defense Forces] soldiers while in partnership with the Ra’am party. Netanyahu said the party was supporting terror.

Posted on May 12, 2022

Source: (Excerpt from article originally published by Ynetnews on May 11, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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