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Two opposition-led no confidence measures fail at Knesset

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

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset in Jerusalem on May 9, 2022 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset in Jerusalem on May 9, 2022 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Two opposition-led no-confidence measures against the government have failed at the start of the Knesset’s summer session.

A Likud-led motion was voted down with 52 votes in favor and 61 against. A Shas-led measure was voted down with 52 votes in favor to 56 against.

The coalition’s Islamist Arab party, Ra’am, was absent from the votes, in line with its ongoing freeze from coalition activities.

Some members of the opposition’s majority-Arab Joint List party voted against the measures and others missed the votes.

Yamina MK Idit Silman, who plunged the coalition into a tailspin when she resigned from it last month, was absent from the votes. Renegade MK Amichai Chikli, who was ousted from Yamina two weeks ago, was similarly absent.

An opposition win would have been largely symbolic, as by law an alternative government needs to be presented in order to pass such a motion (and no such alternative is currently on offer).

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