MKs trade barbs over vote on extending ban on Palestinian family reunification

MKs in the coalition and opposition attack each other over a vote in the Knesset on extending legislation that bars Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens from receiving citizenship.

Likud MK Fateen Mulla says he would vote against extending the bill. Despite Likud being principally in favor of the legislation, party MKs have indicated they won’t support it because it originates from the coalition government. “We will oppose the law,” says Mulla, “we came to fight against this government until it topples.”

Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel of New Hope says Likud’s approach shows it is “showing Bibi-ism over the good of the country and taking an anti-Zionist step.” Hendel tells Ynet that “anyone who gives up on the security of the state and puts its leader above Israel’s security — has a problem.”

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