The opposition’s first two no-confidence motions against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government are defeated in the Knesset.
A motion filed by Yesh Atid is defeated 61 to 50, and a second motion brought by the National Unity party also fails 61 to 50.
Although generally symbolic in nature, a successful no-confidence motion would swap the current government with a new one. No-confidence motions garnered an unusual level of attention in the past Knesset, once the last coalition lost its 61-strong majority. Ultimately, the last government decided to dismantle itself.