Lapid says compromise efforts have failed: ‘Impossible to reach agreements with this government that preserve Israeli democracy’

Head of the Yesh Atid party MK Yair Lapid speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on July 3, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Head of the Yesh Atid party MK Yair Lapid speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on July 3, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Opposition leader Yair Lapid, bristling with anger and frustration, appears before TV cameras at the Knesset to announce that it has proved impossible to reach an agreement with the coalition over judicial reform.

His remarks, delivered with Knesset about to begin the process of voting on the “reasonableness” law, signal the collapse of attempts to reach a compromise.

“In recent weeks, and especially in the past 48 hours, we did everything possible to reach agreements, as promised,” says Lapid.

“Our main condition was to protect Israeli democracy, but with this government it is impossible to reach agreements that preserve Israeli democracy.”

He charges: “They want to tear apart the state, tear apart democracy, tear apart the security of Israel, the unity of the people of Israel, and our international relations.”

Therefore, he concludes, “there is no way to continue to work with them — because this is the most irresponsible government there has ever been here.”

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