Israel is on its way to election again - The Knesset will be desolved at midnight

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Politics Dec 21, 2020

Israel is on its way to a fourth election in less than two years. The Knesset plenum rejected on Tuesday night in the first reading the bill to postpone the date of the dissolution of the Knesset, and it appears that it will be dissolved at midnight. This is after no agreements were reached between the Likud and Blue and White, and the Likud's attempts to recruit a majority failed.
 MK Michal Shir from the party objected and announced that she would join Gideon Saar's new party and MK Sharan Hashakel (Likud) was absent.
A majority of Blue and White MKs were absent, but three of them, Assaf Zamir, Miki Haimovich and Ram Shefa, voted against the bill, which was rejected by a majority of 49 opponents in front of 47 supporters
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MKs Zvi Hauser and Yoaz Handel (Derech Eretz), who announced their joining Saar's party, also voted against. In contrast, Yifat Shasha Bitton, his partner in the party's leadership, was absent from the vote.
MK Michal Shir (Likud), who is identified with Gideon Saar, voted against the proposal and announced that she is resigning from the Knesset and joining his party. Political chairs. "I will resign from the Knesset and join" New Hope, "she said. Immediately after MK Shir left the plenum, MK Osnat Mark (Likud) called her:" Cheeky, bitch. "
The chairman of the coalition and the Likud faction, MK Miki Zohar, announced at the end of the vote that he would declare the Knesset members Shir VeHekhel, who was absent from the vote, to resign. "After I asked to declare Yifat Shasha Bitton as a retiree, I would like to declare MK Michal Shir and MK Sharan Hashakel in the same way," he said.
"Shir voted against the faction's position and the mind refused to go to the polls, contrary to the Likud faction's position, which did everything to prevent the election," he added, "it is time to put an end to those who exploit the Likud movement and work against it."
Just before the vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Blue and White for the forthcoming elections. "At this time we had to join forces and find every way to prevent these unnecessary elections. We had agreements with Blue and White, at the last minute Bnei Gantz withdrew from them, he could not withstand the pressure of Nissenkorn and his friends, so Blue and White are going to drag us to unnecessary elections."
Netanyahu also announced just before the vote that he had talked to one of the heads of the drug companies that develop the corona vaccines and that he "explained to me that there is a very good chance that their vaccine treats the mutation, they make the attempts," and attacked, "This is what I do at 12 at night. "When they are involved in small politics. This is the time when it is forbidden to go to the polls."
Opposition leader Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) responded to Netanyahu in the plenum: "Mr. Prime Minister, who are you working for? You are not interested in the mutation, only the rotation," he said.
MK Yitzhak Pindros (Torah Judaism), who concluded the debate, was instructed to withdraw his speech until a vote while the Likud is working to mobilize a majority. For negotiations.
Before they went to vote on the bill, about 50 members of the House factions gave speeches in the plenum. Among the first was MK Miki Levy (There is a Future). Levy attacked the government in the debate and said that “such economic chaos has not happened for a long time but what do you demand of us? Failing government, for three years there is no state budget. Today, in the 90th minute, do you want us to support and show responsibility? What responsibility have you discovered? "For three years, you did not take into account the citizens, the state or the members of the Knesset and held the budget hostage to the political needs of a failed prime minister in the face of accusations against him."
Prior to the hearing, Blue and White chairman Bnei Gantz passed five demands to the Likud in order to continue promoting the bill, which was approved by the Knesset committee. Will approve them. In response, the prime minister attacked Ganz during a joint statement with Jared Kushner, son-in-law and adviser to the US president visiting Israel, saying Ganz was withdrawing from the agreements and dragging Israel to the polls.
The proposal of the Deputy Prime Minister to the Likud included five demands that constitute conditions for the continued promotion of the law: ensuring the transfer of the budget for the years 2021-2020; Approval of government regulations; Transfer all stuck appointments; Leaving the Minister of Justice in office without changes that would harm the rule of law and closing all exit points to evade rotation.

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