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Knesset okays lockdown extension until Sunday, despite Gantz’s threat

The Knesset approves the lockdown rules, effective through Sunday, despite a threat by Blue and White leader Benny Gantz to oppose the legislation until a separate bill hiking up fines against violators is advanced.

The rules are backed by 34 lawmakers, while seven vote against it. Four Blue and White MKs oppose it, while the rest are not present.

The legislation on the fines, aimed at shutting down ultra-Orthodox institutions open in violation of the lockdown, has been held up in a committee amid disagreements between the Haredi parties and Blue and White.

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