The smell of elections is increasingly present in the Israeli political arena as coalition members are angered over Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to topple the Giyur Bill sponsored by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and party member MK Elazar Stern. The bill according to Gedolei Yisrael Shlita represents a threat to future generations.
Understandably, the most audible voice was that of the justice minister. The Movement party leader Tzipi Livni is threatening to pull her six person party out of the coalition. She had stated in the past that if her bill is blocked this would be the response. For now Livni released an announcement that she will continue seeking to advance the bill and if the government blocks it, she will take it to Knesset in the hope the more liberal factions will stand at her side.
If Livni does leave the coalition, it will remain with a slight majority of 62 in the 120-seat Knesset.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)