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Sa’ar warns coalition facing ‘downward slope’ after failing to pass settler law

Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on May 22, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on May 22, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

After failing to pass a bill renewing the extension of Israeli laws to settlers in the West Bank, Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar says he won’t take back his comments from last week that the government has no right to exist if the measure doesn’t pass.

In an interview with Channel 12 news, he blames coalition parties with members who didn’t support the bill for “breaking up the government.”

“If the coalition can’t pass bills like this, it’s on a downward slope that we know the end of,” he says.

Asked if he’ll sit with a government in Netanyahu, Sa’ar says, “I haven’t changed my opinion,” referring to past vows not to join a coalition led by the former premier.

“What happened yesterday, strengthens my opinion,” he adds.

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