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West Bank bill advances through government following Knesset defeat last week

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

(R-L) Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz seen during a discussion and a vote on the 'West Bank bill' at the Knesset on June 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
(R-L) Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz seen during a discussion and a vote on the 'West Bank bill' at the Knesset on June 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The government paves the way for another attempt to renew the application of Israeli law to settlers in the West Bank by advancing legislation unanimously through the Ministerial Committee on Legislation.

The bill has become an existential test for the embattled coalition and is now cleared to return to the plenum floor after elements from within the coalition torpedoed it there last Monday.

Lacking a majority in the Knesset to pass the bill, which relates to criminal and some civil law, the coalition has yet to decide on whether to bring it to a full vote again tomorrow.

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