Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said his government has a “week or two” to end its internal problems or risk collapse. In a statement to the Israeli Knesset, he said Nir Orbach, who is a member of Bennett’s right-wing Yamina party, will not vote with the coalition. “We have a week or a week two to sort out the coalition issues and then we can go on for a long time to continue the good we are doing,” Bennett told a special Knesset session, according to Reuters. “But if we don’t succeed, we won’t be able to continue,” he added.
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Since taking over the post from Benjamin Netanyahu, Bennett has faced a number of problems when it comes to keeping the eight-party coalition together. He was sworn in as Israeli president in June last year and the Joint List (Arab), a party that stands with the Palestinian people of Israel, has constantly threatened to withdraw its support for the coalition in power.
“I have informed the prime minister that due to the current situation, I am no longer part of the coalition,” Orbach said in a statement carried by several Israeli media outlets.
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Currently, the ruling coalition is two votes short of a majority in the 120-member Knesset.
Bennett appealed to all parties for support as he suggested the alternative would be “much worse”. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid also took to Twitter for help, writing that the current coalition is “the only way to protect Israeli democracy and the strength of the State of Israel.”
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