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Shaked: Chikli cracked under pressure in voting against family unification law

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked arrives at a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on July 4, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked arrives at a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on July 4, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked hits out at Yamina MK Amichai Chikli — a rebel member of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s right-wing party — for casting the deciding vote this week against extending the Palestinian unification law.

“He promised to vote in favor of it, that he won’t surprise me,” Shaked, the No. 2 in Yamina, writes on Facebook. “I believed him. But he chose to believe the lies of Likud and the National Union concerning the imaginary numbers about the understandings.”

According to Shaked, Shikli told her he would either vote to back an extension of the law — which prevents Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens from automatically receiving citizenship or residency — or abstain.

“If he had informed me 10 minutes before the vote that he broke [under pressure], we would have obtained a third MK from Ra’am,” she asserts, in reference to the Islamist party, of which two MKs voted in favor of the extension and two MKs abstained.

Yamina MK Amichai Chikli at the Knesset in Jerusalem on July 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

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