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As key Knesset committee convenes, MKs from opposing blocs trade barbs

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Likud MK Yoav Kisch (left) speaks to Religious Zionism MK Itamar Ben Gvir in the Knesset in Jerusalem on November 16, 2022. (Danny Shem Tov/Knesset)
Likud MK Yoav Kisch (left) speaks to Religious Zionism MK Itamar Ben Gvir in the Knesset in Jerusalem on November 16, 2022. (Danny Shem Tov/Knesset)

Tensions between the winning and losing blocs run high during the first meeting of the Knesset’s influential Arrangements Committee, chaired by Likud MK Yoav Kisch.

“Politics is like a wheel, sometimes you’re at the bottom and sometimes at the top. During the last year and a half, we were at the bottom. Everyone remembers how they treated us in the past year and a half… since then, the wheel has turned,” says Kisch.

Welcoming the 18 fellow lawmakers joining him on the committee, Kisch says: “Hello to fellow MKs, some of them friends, some not.”

Kisch’s opening remarks are constantly interrupted by MKs heading into the opposition, including Yesh Atid lawmaker Michal Shir.

“Good morning, welcome to a committee, which for a year and a half you didn’t agree to come to,” shouts Shir — who joined Yesh Atid after being elected with the New Hope party — at Likud MKs.

“Which party are you from again?” responds Likud MK Galit Distal Atbaryan.

Entering the meeting, Yesh Atid faction director and outgoing coalition whip Boaz Toporovsky says he hopes the Likud bloc will not seek to push committee changes upon the losing bloc.

“We want this Knesset to be respectful and we’ll be part of it,” says Yesh Atid faction director Boaz Toporovsky.

“Good that you’re joking around,” says Kisch, who separately agreed to changes made “in agreement.”

The Arrangements Committee is responsible for setting the 25th Knesset’s committee structures. The committee’s party allocation was approved by the Knesset plenum earlier today in a 47 to 1 vote.

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