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Moment of truth for coalition as Knesset begins pivotal vote on state budget

View of the Knesset in Jerusalem on August 13, 2020 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
View of the Knesset in Jerusalem on August 13, 2020 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

It’s a milestone moment for the coalition, as the Knesset begins to vote on the hundreds of clauses that make up the 2021-2022 state budget, after two budget-less years.

The opposition has submitted dozens of objections which will also be voted on.

The entire process is expected to take until tomorrow evening at the earliest.

The budget vote is seen as a litmus test for the nascent government of a diverse group of parties. Failure to pass the bill could see the government collapse and new elections called. Passage of the economic plan is expected to stabilize the coalition for the near future at least.

The coalition can muster at best 61 votes in the 120-seat Knesset, but Bennett said Wednesday he was certain the budget will pass.

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