Bennett in coalition: Don’t shake the boat, keep the budget


Bennett spoke amid disagreements within his coalition over legislation and diplomatic issues. The coalition has a thin 61.59 MK more in the Knesset than a thin razor.

“Let’s focus, especially in the coming weeks, on what unites us and not on what separates us,” Bennett said. “There is no point in rocking the boat. Even when you are dying to react and you are convinced you are right, think of a broader goal. The nation has had enough disputes and petty arguments and expects us, cabinet members and coalition, differently. I am sure that we may succeed. “

One dispute that could escalate is the Yesh Atid MK Elazar Stern intelligence portfolio. Former Yisrael Beytenu MK Eli Avidar is expected to get the post if Sterna is elected president of the Jewish agency.

    Minister of Intelligence Elazar Stern on 13 October 2021 at the Plenum of the Chamber of the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem (credit: YONATAN SINDEL / FLASH90) Minister of Intelligence Elazar Stern, who was in plenary in the Chamber of the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem on 13 October 2021 (credit: YONATAN SINDEL / FLASH90)

But Stern dropped out of the competition for the agency last week after a dispute over him that revealed anonymous complaints to the IDF. It remains to be seen what can be done to prevent Avidar from rebelling against the coalition.

Meretz MK Mossi Raz replied to Bennett that he agreed that the coalition MK should not focus on issues on which they disagree. However, he said there should be no dispute over the violence and that the prime minister and his government should unite to condemn the so-called “pogrom” of settlers against Palestinians in the village of Burin.

Bennett will speak about the violence at a special session in the Knesset on Monday on the anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset President Mickey Levy and Ministers Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz, Gideon Sa’ar and Merav Michaeli will also speak at the meeting. It will be attended by President Isaac Herzog.

This will be the third Monday in a row that Bennett and Netanyahu will face each other in plenary.

In his speech in the cabinet, Bennett also referred to the contributions of immigrants to Israel in honor of Ali Day, which was last week.


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