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Knesset vote on 2022 budget delayed by accidental vote

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett gestures during voting on the state budget at the Knesset in Jerusalem on November 4, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett gestures during voting on the state budget at the Knesset in Jerusalem on November 4, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The full Knesset vote on the 2022 budget is delayed due to a member of the coalition accidentally voting against one of the budget’s hundreds of sections.

Labor MK Emilie Moatti accidentally votes against a section of the budget related to education. Because of that vote, the coalition will return the budget to discussion in the Knesset Finance Committee before bringing it back to the plenum for a fresh vote. Moatti apologizes for the error, blaming it on “only getting two hours of sleep.”

The vote was the first of hundreds of votes in the past more than 24 hours relating to the budget that did not pass. The mistake is expected to delay the final vote on the full budget by several hours.

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu has accidentally voted with the coalition on six votes.

The Knesset passed the 2021 budget in the early hours of this morning, establishing the first national budget in Israel since 2018 and staving off the immediate threat to the coalition.

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