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Lapid: Not a disaster if Palestinian reunification law doesn’t pass

Foreign Minister and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset, on July 5, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Foreign Minister and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset, on July 5, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Ahead of the Knesset plenum’s vote on the Palestinian family reunification law, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says the vote is not about the government but about “behaving in a manner responsible for the country.”

If the opposition votes against it — despite being for the bill in principle — “it will prove it is more concerned with being against the government than being for the country.”

He adds that “it’s not a huge disaster even if it doesn’t pass… Government do not rise and fall on the issue.”

Lapid says he understands the opposition of the Meretz and Ra’am parties to the law, over “more than a few cases in which the law needlessly caused humanitarian harm… people who fell in love and got married and built families who were hurt without doing anything wrong.”

He says the government “will form a mechanism to try and cut such cases down to a minimum, and form a team that will review how to prevent such harm in the future.”

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