Monday , October 3 2022

Bennett to the coalition: Don’t shake the ship, save your budget



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Bennett spoke amid disagreements over legislation and diplomacy within the coalition. The coalition has a majority of 61-59 MK in the Knesset.

“Especially in the coming weeks, let’s focus on what separates us, not what unites us,” Bennett said. “There’s no point in waving the ship. Even when you’re trying to answer and you’re sure you’re right, think of a broader goal. The nation has had enough arguments and petty disputes, and we, the cabinet members and the coalition, to be different. I’m sure we can succeed.”

A possible controversy is over Yesh Atid MK Elazar Stern’s Intelligence Services portfolio. If Stern was elected chairman of the Jewish Agency, the post would be handed over to former Yisrael Beitenu MK Eli Avidar.

    Intelligence Minister Elazar Stern was seen at a plenary session of the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on October 13, 2021.  (Credit: YONATAN SINDEL / FLASH90) Intelligence Minister Elazar Stern was seen at a plenary session of the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on October 13, 2021. (Credit: YONATAN SINDEL / FLASH90)

But Stern withdrew from the agency race last week after a dispute over splitting anonymous complaints at IDF. It remains to be seen what can be done to prevent Avidar from revolting against the coalition.

In response to Caucus Moss Raz Bennett, Meretz agreed that coalition CCs did not address the issues that caused the disagreement. However, he said there should be no controversy over the violence and that the prime minister and his government should unite to condemn what he called the “pogrom” of anti-Palestinian settlers in the village of Burin.

Bennett will address a special Knesset session on Monday marking the anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Isaac Rabin. Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy and Ministers Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz, Gideon Saar and Merav Michaeli will also address the meeting. President Isaac Herzog will attend.

It will be the third consecutive Monday when Bennett and Netanyahu face each other in the plenum.

In his cabinet speech, Bennett also referred to the contributions made by immigrants to Israel in honor of Aliyah Day last week.



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