Bennett said resisting anti-Netanyahu bill, warning coalition will collapse


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Bennett reportedly told coalition heads that bringing the bill to the Knesset would bring about the downfall of the coalition because it would push Yamina MK Nir Orbach over to the Netanyahu camp.

Opposition Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu (left) walks next to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during the vote on the state budget, in the Knesset on November 4, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Orbach announced on June 13 his decision to quit the coalition, dropping the ailing political alliance into the Knesset minority — two seats behind the opposition. Orbach said he would not vote to bring down the government in the coming week, however, and would seek to build an alternative government with a “patriotic spirit” in the existing Knesset.

But bringing the bill, could push Orbach to renege on his promise and support a planned opposition bill to disperse the Knesset, the report said.

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