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Bennett: Government has 2 weeks left unless mutineers turn back

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett adresses the Knesset on June 13, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett adresses the Knesset on June 13, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

In the Knesset, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says his faltering coalition has only a week or two left to live unless renegade MKs to return to the fold and pull the alliance back into the majority.

“There are members of the coalition who still haven’t internalized the importance of the hour,” he says. “I call to members of the coalition who are set on voting against the government, we have a week or two to get this straight and then we can continue a long time. If not — then we cannot [continue].”

Bennett says “we are fighting for the government, but it’s reliant on a complicated coalition.”

He also lashes out at the opposition for rendering his government impotent.

“In all the years of the Knesset there has not been an opposition so undignified, so intent on scorched earth as you,” he says.

He makes fun of the opposition’s denials about having held talks with Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas. “I met Mansour Abbas like a man. I’m not ashamed.”

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