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Sa’ar warns coalition’s future depends on renewal of application of Israeli law to settlers

Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar speaks at his New Hope party's Monday faction meeting, May 30, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar speaks at his New Hope party's Monday faction meeting, May 30, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar warns that the future of the coalition depends on a bill to renew the extension of Israeli criminal and some civil law to Israelis living in the West Bank.

“It will determine whether the coalition will exist or not,” Sa’ar tells the Kan public radio.

The bill was shelved yesterday after the coalition lacked a majority to pass it, with opposition parties pledging not to support any government-sponsored legislation.

The coalition’s Islamist Ra’am party is expected to vote against the bill, but has been tight-lipped about how it would vote if the coalition were pressed.

In response to Sa’ar’s interview, Ra’am MK Walid Taha tweets: “We are ready…”

Originally enacted in the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War, the law remains an “emergency measure” that must be renewed every five years. Last passed in 2017, it is set to expire at the end of June.

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