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And in a blow to the alliance, Silman’s whip resigns from the government, taking away the majority

And in a blow to the alliance, Silman's whip resigns from the government, taking away the majority

In a dramatic move, coalition whip Edith Silman announced Wednesday that she will withdraw from the coalition and instead work to form a new government.

Silman’s announcement, which she said was due to “damage” to Jewish identity in Israel, meant the coalition no longer had a majority.

I will not incite harm to the Jewish identity of the State of Israel and the people of Israel. I will continue to try to convince my friends to come home and form a right-wing government. “I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Another government could be formed in this Knesset.”

According to reports, Silman did not tell Prime Minister Naftali Bennett – the head of the Yamina party of which she is a member – of the move in advance, leaving the prime minister to know through media reports that he had lost his government’s majority.

Reports said Bennett’s schedule for Wednesday was canceled while he was meeting with advisers.

Silman’s announcement means that the government will only be able to pass legislation with the support of opposition MPs. The only party that might give it votes for some legislation is the Joint List of Arab factions, but its support will only alienate the coalition’s right-wing parties.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and MK Edith Silman attend the vote on the state budget at the Knesset conference room in Jerusalem, November 4, 2021 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to congratulate Silman on what he called a “courageous move”.

“I am deeply moved to hear MK Edith Silman’s statement, and I congratulate her on behalf of the masses of the Israeli people who are yearning for this moment,” Netanyahu said in a video statement.

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“I invite all those elected by the national camp to join Edith and return home, and they will be received with full respect and with open arms,” ​​Netanyahu said.

Likud waged a brutal months-long online campaign against Yamina joining the government and ousting Netanyahu, Silman being a prime target.

The deputy was repeatedly harassed, and said that she was physically assaulted at a gas station; At the time, Netanyahu suggested that Silman could have fabricated the story of the attack in order to discredit opponents of the coalition.

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a party meeting in the Knesset, February 28, 2022 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Religious Services Minister Matan Kahane responded to Wednesday’s announcement in a radio interview, saying he hoped Silman would change her mind.

“I’ve found it now. I hope it’s reversible. This government is doing good things for the people. It was formed out of political necessity, but I think it’s very useful to keep it going,” said the right-wing MP.

Far-right MK Bezalel Smotrich, head of the opposition Religious Zionism party, who was previously a political partner of Bennett and is now an outspoken opponent of the government, said Silman had taken a “courageous step”.

“The National Camp will receive Edith with open arms and in a place of honor dedicated to those who saved the people of Israel,” Smotrich said in a statement.

I invite members of the coalition who were elected with the right to return home. Together, a Jewish, Zionist and nationalist government will be built that will do much good to the State of Israel,” he said.

Takuma party chairman MK Bezalel Smotrich speaks at the annual Channel 20 Jerusalem conference in Jerusalem, March 16, 2021 (Courtesy Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Silman’s move came at a time when the coalition was already struggling with the day-to-day business of the Knesset due to the fact that it had a very slim majority.

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Yamina’s other MK, Amichai Chakli, is already an outspoken critic of the government who tends to vote with the opposition.

Yamina could now announce that Silman and Chikli are opposition MPs and expel them from the party. This means that they will be barred from running in the upcoming elections under any party that is currently part of the Knesset.

It might be a replacement for Silman and my shape to form a new faction, but they wouldn’t be able to do it alone and would need another member of the alliance to make the move.

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, also from Yamina, has a fractured relationship with many of her coalition partners and is seen as a potential defector.

Other possibilities are Yamina MK Nir Auerbach, the Knesset Knesset Committee chairman who has often clashed with left-wing coalition partners, and Yamina MK Abir Kara, a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Ayelet Shaked (left) and Edith Silman (right) in the Knesset, March 10, 2022 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Silman has recently been very vocal about issues of religion and state in Israel.

Earlier this week, she clash With Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, leader of the left-wing Meretz party, he attacked him for instructing hospitals to allow patients and visitors to bring hamtz, or non-kosher food for Passover, to their premises during the upcoming Easter holiday – although the minister was only ordering institutions to abide by a Supreme Court ruling on this matter.

Silman demanded that Horowitz release guidelines on the matter, warning that his actions “crossed a red line” and that he should be fired.

MK Edith Silman of Yamina and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz during a hearing of the Knesset Committee on Work, Welfare and Health in Jerusalem, February 28, 2022 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

last week I came out firmly Against the so-called Western Wall settlement, a deal that would grant additional liberties to non-Orthodox streams of Judaism at the holy site in Jerusalem.

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There is a status quo with the Western Wall that I don’t think will change. All the attention about this is just demagogy. This is the house of prayer. There is a minority – a reformist minority – that makes a lot of noise like the majority. “We need to tell the truth: that’s not the case,” Silman said in an interview with public broadcaster Cannes. “This government and certainly we – or at least I – need to preserve the orthodox character of the Wailing Wall.”

Since the formation of the government, there have been multiple reports of attempts by the opposition to poach coalition MPs and overthrow the government.

Silman’s announcement comes amid growing tensions within the coalition, which last year united parties from the left-to-right pro-settler, along with the Islamist Ra’em party, to oust Netanyahu and his Likud faction after a series of inconclusive elections that have paralyzed him. The Knesset for two years.

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