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Lapid on rebel coalition MKs: Those who can’t stand the heat should quit Knesset

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks during a Yesh Atid faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, June 20, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks during a Yesh Atid faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, June 20, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid renews his call for coalition discipline, saying that lawmakers who cannot stand the pressure should resign from the Knesset altogether.

“Whoever is having difficulties, go home. Whoever cannot stand the pressure, quit,” Lapid says at the outset of his Yesh Atid party’s faction meeting.

The coalition is currently facing four rebellions by MKs, the most serious of which is posed by Yamina MK Nir Orbach, who left the diverse political alliance after the coalition failed to renew legislation to apply Israeli law to settlers, saying the current situation cannot continue.

Orbach is reportedly weighing accepting a guaranteed spot on the opposition Likud party’s election slate, in exchange for his help in toppling the government. While Orbach is not expected to support an opposition bid to dissolve the Knesset this week, he may do so in the near future.

“The law says you can’t guarantee a spot on a party slate to someone in order for them to vote against the government,” Lapid says.

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