The new government of Israel was born just three weeks ago but is already faltering, then validated by a narrow majority of 60 votes to 59, the coalition Bennett-Lapid it continues to move on the razor’s edge, revealing the great tensions within the fragile coalition that brings together eight parties with deep ideological gaps.
The extension of a controversial law – which for security reasons prevents the automatic extension of Israeli citizenship to Palestinians married to Israeli citizens – it did not garner the necessary majority. At the end of a debate that lasted all night, which saw a general mobilization of the opposition, the vote ended in a tie: 59 votes in favor and 59 against. The extension of the law was therefore not approved, which created a strong sense of disappointment among the ministers of the Bennett government.
This vote was the first stumbling block for Bennett, who took office last month. At the heart of the discussion was the approval of the extension of a legal rule that prevents the automatic extension of citizenship and residence in Israel to Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza married to Israeli Arab citizens.
The right, led by Benjamin Netanyahu and in the opposition for the first time in over 12 years, he had already announced that he would vote against the extension. The law was approved on a temporary basis in 2003 in the middle of the Intifada for security reasons, and then always extended, with the aim of preventing attacks. According to the reports, in fact, some Palestinians with Israeli documents had taken part in episodes of terrorism.