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Yamina MK said refusing to show at Knesset until Ra’am resumes voting with coalition

Yamina MK Nir Orbach attends a Knesset committee meeting on September 25, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Yamina MK Nir Orbach attends a Knesset committee meeting on September 25, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yamina MK Nir Orbach has left the Knesset and is refusing to return until Ra’am lawmakers resume voting with the coalition, Channel 12 reports.

Ra’am MKs failed to show for today’s plenum votes. The Islamist party vowed to stop voting with the coalition until forestation work in the Negev Desert is halted, which Bedouin protesters are opposed to.

The absence of Ra’am lawmakers from the Knesset comes despite the brokering of a temporary deal to pause the tree-planting program as negotiations on the matter are held.

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