Knesset plenum strikes down three no-confidence motions in Netanyahu’s government

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

Opposition Leader Yair Lapid leads a meeting of his Yesh Atid party at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on May 20, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Opposition Leader Yair Lapid leads a meeting of his Yesh Atid party at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on May 20, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Three no-confidence motions in the government brought by the opposition Yesh Atid, Labor, and Hadash-Ta’al parties are defeated in the Knesset plenum, after failing to secure the necessary majority.

“I read the letter that Likud members are now signing against the decree from The Hague to file an arrest warrant against the Israeli prime minister. Bring it, we will sign it. It will be both a coalition and opposition document. But where is the letter from all Likud members saying that we will not rest until all the abductees return home? Where is the letter from all Likud members who say that we will return the residents of the north by the first of September,” Opposition Leader Yair Lapid asks before the vote on his party’s motion.

“With this government, we will not win the war,” he declares, calling those in government “careless and unprofessional.”

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