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National Unity calls for raising threshold to dissolve Knesset

Defense Minister Benny Gantz (L) at a Blue and White-New Hope faction meeting in Jerusalem on August 23, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz (L) at a Blue and White-New Hope faction meeting in Jerusalem on August 23, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The National Unity party vows to advance several proposals that would make it more difficult to bring down a government, including raising the number of Knesset members required to dissolve the parliament to 70.

That proposal by the new political alliance, led by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, is similar to Yisrael Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman’s recent call to require at least 90 MKs to bring down a government within two years of its formation.

National Unity also says it would push for the Knesset not to dissolve if the coalition fails to pass a budget — an outcome Gantz has personal experience with in his short-lived unity government with former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“If we don’t reform, we’ll abandon the arena to extortionists,” Gantz says at a faction meeting in Jerusalem.

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