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Blue and White MK vows to boycott most coalition legislation as his ultimatum expires

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

Blue and White MK Michael Biton chairs a meeting of the Knesset Economic Committee on May 25, 2022. (Knesset Spokesperson/Noam Moskowitz)
Blue and White MK Michael Biton chairs a meeting of the Knesset Economic Committee on May 25, 2022. (Knesset Spokesperson/Noam Moskowitz)

Blue and White MK Michael Biton is the coalition’s next crisis, as he plans to stop voting for the majority of the coalition’s legislative agenda, according to his spokesman.

Starting tomorrow, Biton will only support the coalition against no-confidence motions and to renew the law that applies some Israeli law to settlers in the West Bank.

In protest over pending transportation reforms, Biton shuttered the Knesset’s Economic Affairs Committee — which he chairs — three weeks ago and announced that he would stop voting with the coalition, with the exception of blocking no-confidence motions.

Biton was quickly lured back into the political alliance by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who promised Biton he would look into the transportation issue. Biton gave the prime minister a two-week timeline for addressing his issues, which expires tomorrow.

Last week, Biton told The Times of Israel that he would consider resuming his strike if his complaints — centered around transportation rate hikes — were not addressed.

Biton’s protest fans flames at a sensitive time for the coalition, which is facing drama from nearly ever corner of its big tent alliance.

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