© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, sitting between Overseas Minister Yair Lapid and Authorities Secretary Shalom Shlomo, attends a weekly cupboard assembly on the prime minister’s workplace in Jerusalem July 4, 2021. Abir Sultan/Pool by way of REUTER
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s new authorities confronted its first massive defeat in parliament on Tuesday, failing to resume a controversial legislation that stops Palestinians dwelling within the West Financial institution and Gaza Strip who marry Israeli residents from gaining citizenship themselves.
It was the primary main political check for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who for almost a month now has been heading a slender and various coalition that features left-wing, centrist and Arab events, alongside together with his personal ultranationalist celebration.
And he got here up brief within the early morning vote, failing to safe a easy majority in parliament to increase the so-called Citizenship and Entry Into Israel Legislation, and underscoring his authorities’s fragility.
The vote was tied 59-59.
The legislation prevents Palestinians dwelling within the occupied West Financial institution and Gaza Strip who marry Israeli residents from routinely gaining Israeli residency and citizenship, though exceptions are made on a case-by-case foundation.
Israel first handed the legislation in 2003, through the peak of a Palestinian rebellion, saying Palestinians who married Israeli residents used their authorized standing to assist perform assaults in opposition to Israel.
It was enacted for one yr and has been prolonged on an annual foundation, together with by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who now leads the opposition.
Netanyahu, who calls Bennett’s authorities a menace to Israel’s safety, refused to present him a lifeline and voted in opposition to it.
Bennett final month reached an influence sharing cope with centrist Yair Lapid to unseat Netanyahu. Collectively they put collectively a coalition of events with 62 of 120 seats in parliament. Beneath the deal Lapid, now overseas minister, will take over as prime minister after two years.
A number of coalition celebration members didn’t vote in favour of the extending the legislation, together with a member of Bennett’s personal celebration.
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