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Zandberg: Unclear how Meretz will vote if reunification bill returns

MK Tamar Zandberg speaks during a press conference of the Meretz party ahead of the upcoming elections, in Tel Aviv on January 4, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
MK Tamar Zandberg speaks during a press conference of the Meretz party ahead of the upcoming elections, in Tel Aviv on January 4, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Environment Minister Tamar Zandberg of Meretz says her faction is undecided on how it will vote if the controversial Palestinian family reunification bill returns to the Knesset plenum after it failed earlier this month.

“Our position is known to everyone,” Zandberg tells Army Radio. Meretz had stated before the vote that it would not support the legislation, which blocks giving automatic citizenship to Palestinians married to Israelis.

“The reason we agreed to vote in favor of it was because it was improved,” she says, referencing a compromise deal reached with Meretz and Ra’am shortly before the vote that Zandberg says would have “provided immediate improvements” to some Palestinians.

“It didn’t pass, and I don’t know if it will come up again,” the minister says.

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