TV: Yamina members told to stay mum on bill that bars Netanyahu from premiership

Channel 12 news reports on tensions within Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s Yamina party over the bill that would bar a lawmaker charged with a serious crime from becoming prime minister,

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked said this morning that she opposes the bill being spearheaded by New Hope party chief Gideon Sa’ar, and which is widely seen as an effort to prevent former premier Benjamin Netanyahu from returning to power.

According to the network, the party’s director-general Stella Weinstein has issued a missive to members to stop commenting on the issue.

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked during a memorial ceremony marking 26 years since the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, at the Knesset on October 18, 2021 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Sa’ar tells the network that he is working with Bennett on the issue and that his announcement of the bill detail’s yesterday was coordinated with Bennett.

“In fairness, he has not committed to what will happen in the later stages [of legislation], but publishing the draft legislation… was agreed to by the prime minister.”

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