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Knesset defense committee to debate Shin Bet warning on incitement, flag parade

The Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee will convene tomorrow to discuss “incitement and extremism in the public sphere,” following yesterday’s rare warning issued by Shin Ben chief Nadav Argaman that incitement against the emerging government could lead to political violence.

Heavy pressure on a range of lawmakers who have indicated their support for the coalition is expected to continue. The unprecedentedly diverse alliance of parties numbers 61 members in the 120-seat Knesset, the narrowest possible majority, and is thus vulnerable to any single defection.

The Knesset committee, headed by Yesh Atid MK Orna Barbivai, will also discuss a parade that may be held in Jerusalem this Thursday.

The Flag March, a controversial annual parade, was rescheduled for Thursday after it was canceled mid-event on May 10, Jerusalem Day, when Hamas fired rockets toward the city, setting off 11 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

 

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