In the aftermath of the coup, Sylman plundered the majority and left the government

Coalition leader Idit Silman announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down from the coalition and working to form a new government instead.

Salman’s announcement, he said, was due to the “harm” of Jewish identity in Israel, which meant that the coalition did not have a majority.

“I will not allow the Jewish identity of the nation of Israel and the people of Israel to be harmed. I will continue to try to get my friends back home and form a right-wing government,” he said in a statement. Another government may be formed at this conference.

According to reports, Silman did not inform Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett – the leader of the Yamina party of which he is a member – of the move in advance, but informed the prime minister through media reports that he had lost a majority in government.

Bennett’s scheduled schedule for Wednesday was reportedly removed because he was in ambush with advisers.

Salman’s announcement is that the government can only pass legislation with the support of opposition lawmakers. The joint list of Arab factions is the only party that will vote for certain laws, but its support will only serve to further alienate the coalition parties on the right.

Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett, right and MK Idit Silman attended. (Jonathan Sindel / Flash 90)

According to reports, he is set to join the Likud opposition, leaving two key opportunities for Benjamin Netanyahu to leave the party and return to power. First, a law must be enacted to dissolve the Likud party. This will require the support of some lawmakers who are not currently in the opposition, for example Silman and rebel Yamina MK. Amichai Shigley.

The second option is for Ligud to form an alternative government in the current 24th Nest, although it appears to be struggling to do so – Ligud has 29 seats, seven for religious Zionism, nine for Shaz and seven for United Dora Judaism – for a total of 52.

Netanyahu immediately congratulated Silman for calling it a “bold move.”

Netanyahu said in a video statement: “I’m very excited to hear MK Idit Salman’s statement, and I congratulate him on behalf of the people of Israel who have longed for this moment.

“I invite all those selected by the National Camp to come home to Idit and you will be welcomed with full respect and open arms,” ​​Netanyahu said.

Likud has been campaigning vigorously for months against joining the Yamina government and ousting Netanyahu, and Silman has been a key target.

The lawmaker was frequently harassed and said he was physically assaulted at a gas station; At the time, Netanyahu suggested that the story of the Silman attack could have been fabricated to seduce the coalition’s opponents.

Ligud leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at his party’s sectarian meeting on February 28, 2022 in the Netherlands. (Jonathan Sindel / Flash 90)

Religious Services Minister Madan Kahana responded to the announcement in a radio interview on Wednesday, saying he hoped Silman would change his mind.

“I just found out about it. I hope this is reversible. This government is doing good things for the people; It was created out of a political need, but I think it’s worthwhile to continue, ”said the Yamina legislator.

The far-right MK Bezalel Smotrich, the leader of the opposition Religious Zionism party and former Bennett’s political partner, has now spoken out against the government, saying Silman has taken a “bold step.”

“The national camp will be demolished with open arms in a place of honor reserved for those who saved the people of Israel,” Smodrich said in a statement.

“I invite members of the right-wing coalition to come home. The Jewish, Zionist and national government together will do a lot of good for the nation of Israel, ”he said.

Tkuma leader MK Bezalel Smotrich speaks at Channel 20’s annual Jerusalem conference in Jerusalem on March 16, 2021 (courtesy of Olivier Fitoussi / Flash90)

With the coalition only having a razor-thin majority, Silman’s move comes at a time when the Knesset’s day-to-day business is already struggling.

Another Yamina MK, Amichai Shigley, is already an outspoken critic of the government, which tends to vote alongside the opposition.

Yamina can now declare Silman and Shigley dissenting lawmakers and expel them from the party. That is, they will be barred from running in the next election under any party that is currently a member of the party.

Creating a new division with Silman and Shigley would be an alternative, but they could not do it alone, and would require a Yamina Knesset member.

Interior Minister Aylet Sheikh, who belongs to the Yamina party, had a broken relationship with several of his allies, and he is considered an outcast.

Other Possibilities Yamina M.K. Nir Orbak, who chairs the House Committee on the Nazareth, is also a frequent fighter with left-wing coalition parties and has been the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Yamina MK. Abir Kara.

Ailet Shake (L) and Idit Sillman (R) on the Nazareth March 10, 2022

Sylman has recently been very vocal about religion and government issues in Israel.

Earlier this week, the leader of the left-wing Meredith party clashed with Health Minister Nietzsche Horowitz, attacking him for ordering hospitals to bring non-kosher food for patients and visitors to Hamets or Passover. Upcoming Easter Holidays – The Minister is only advising companies to abide by the High Court judgment in this matter.

Sillman demanded that Horowitz issue guidelines on the matter, warning that his actions had “crossed the red line” and that he should be fired.

Yamina M.K. Edith Silman and Health Minister Nitson Horowitz. (Jonathan Sindel / Flash 90)

Last week he came out firmly against the so-called Western Wall Compromise, an agreement granting extra freedom to non-Orthodox streams of Judaism at the Jerusalem Holy Land.

“There’s a situation on the West Wall, I do not think it’s going to change. All the focus around it is just word of mouth. It’s a house of prayer. He said in an interview with the Public Broadcasting Corporation: “This government and of course we – or at least I – must defend the Orthodox character of the West Wall.”

Since the formation of the government, there have been numerous reports of attempts by the opposition to hunt down coalition lawmakers and overthrow the government.

Silman’s announcement comes amid growing tensions within the coalition, which has teamed up with pro-settlement left-wing parties, including the Islamic Ram, to oust Netanyahu and his Likud faction after a series of endless elections last year. Knesset for two years.

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