Coalition increasingly split on left-right lines as budget deadline looms

October 25, 2021
Meretz decries ‘unilateral steps’ in West Bank, says they undermine government; Labor says it was left out of key decisions

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (C) and other ministers attend a cabinet meeting

Raoul Wootliff writes in Times of Israel, “With less than three weeks remaining until the government must pass a national budget, a series of contentious issues and ministerial decisions are pitting cabinet members from the left and right of the coalition against each other, threatening a crisis that could pull it apart. The right-center-left government formed in June was nicknamed the “change government” because it ousted the Likud party’s Benjamin Netanyahu from power, pledging to change the political discourse and only advance moves agreed upon by all of the disparate coalition parties.”

“The narrow governing coalition must pass a 2021 budget by November 14, and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and other ministers have warned against rocking the boat in the run-up to that vote. If the much-delayed budget — it would be the first state budget to be approved in over three years — does not pass by the deadline, the coalition will automatically dissolve, triggering new elections. But rifts centering around a number of measures taken by the new government regarding the conflict with the Palestinians have coalition parties on the left claiming they have been frozen out and warning of a looming confrontation.”

Head of the left wing Meretz party and Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz

“In a clear sign of the increasingly public tensions, the management of the left-wing Meretz coalition party published a statement Sunday night voicing “concern about a series of unilateral steps taken by cabinet ministers regarding policies toward the Palestinians in the territories and settlement expansion.” (m0re…)

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