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Sa’ar insists vote on settler bill be held today

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

Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar leads a New Hope faction meeting at the Knesset on June 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar leads a New Hope faction meeting at the Knesset on June 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar warns against the consequences of failing to pass legislation renewing Israeli law for Israelis living in the West Bank, insisting the bill will come up for a vote today despite the coalition currently appearing to lack a majority.

He criticizes opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to back to bill as “a blow to the heart of the national interest.”

He also says, says during a faction meeting of his New Hope party, that all coalition members must back the bill, branding anyone who refuses to do so an “opposition within the coalition.”

“A Knesset member from the coalition who doesn’t support such a fundamental law is working actively to dissolve it,” he adds. “A country can’t be run like this.”

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