Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel at the opening of Knesset's summer session

Coalition rejoices after defeating first no-confidence motions of summer session

One of measures beaten thanks to votes from Joint List; PM says 'silent majority' in Israel wishes government sees out its days; 'After all the spins and malarkey, we started with a victory," says Lapid

Attila Somfalvi, Moran Azulay |
Published: 05.09.22, 19:58
The coalition rejoiced Monday evening after defeating two motions of no-confidence tabled by the opposition at the opening of the Knesset's summer session.
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  • The first measure led by Likud failed 52-61, garnering support from the opposition's predominately Arab Joint List. The second motion led by Shas, from which the Joint List was absent, was voted down 52-56.
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    Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel at the opening of Knesset's summer session
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    Yamina MK Idit Silamn, who left the coalition hanging by a thread when she resigned from It last month, was absent from both votes.
    After the vote, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that the "silent majority" in Israel wanted the coalition to see out its days.
    "All the no-confidence motions were defeated and we are kicking off this session on the right foot. The silent majority in Israel wants the success of the government, the success of the state and continued economic prosperity and stability," he said.
    "The silent majority should speak a little more. We will continue to take the country forward, in growth and security, and we will do it together — that is paramount."
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    Foreign Minister Yair Lapid wrote on Twitter, "after all the spins and malarkey, we started with a victory."
    The opposition's Religious Zionist Party slammed the coalition for counting on the Joint List's votes, a move that would have been considered political suicide in previous years.
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