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Bennett urges coalition partners not ‘to rock the boat’ ahead of budget deadline

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, October 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, October 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett urges members of the ruling coalition to minimize their differences ahead of next month’s deadline to pass a state budget.

“I call here on my colleagues around the cabinet table, and especially on the Knesset members in the coalition: We must now focus on passing the budget. This is the main task for the coming weeks. To focus all efforts, to maintain coalition stability so that we can advance the common goals for which we came together and set out together,” he says at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

The premier adds: “Let us focus, especially in the coming weeks, on what we have in common and not on disagreements. There is no point in starting to rock the boat from end to end.”

The coalition has until November 14 to approve a budget or the Knesset will automatically be dissolved and new elections called, the fifth since April 2019.

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