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Meretz MK says Sa’ar won’t bring West Bank bill up this week since he lacks majority

Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi attends a vote on a West Bank bill at the Knesset, in Jerusalem on June 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi attends a vote on a West Bank bill at the Knesset, in Jerusalem on June 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi claims that Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar will not bring to a vote this week the West Bank legislation that was defeated in the Knesset last week.

“Minister Gideon Sa’ar decided not to bring the Judea and Samaria Law to a vote in the Knesset this week, after he realized that I am resolutely opposed to the bill on ideological grounds and unwilling to compromise or discuss the issue at all,” Rinawie Zoabi tweets.

A spokesman for Sa’ar says the minister “will bring it whenever he assesses that there will be a majority for it.”

The legislation, which renews the application of Israeli law — criminal and some civil — to settlers in the West Bank, was advanced by the cabinet earlier today.

Sa’ar is possibly hoping that Rinawie Zoabi — as well as Ra’am MK Mazen Ghanaim, who both voted against the bill last week — will be pressured to quit the Knesset and pave way for new lawmakers to join who could vote in favor.

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