Analysis: Winter is coming

The Knesset was set to begin a new session Monday, with disputes within the coalition and a budget deadline looming over the coming months, making the phrase “winter is coming” sound as ominous to MKs as it does to the characters on the hit TV show Game of Thrones.

The start of the winter session tends to have a first-dayof- school feeling, with lawmakers returning to the Knesset after the long summer break, which is lengthier than kids’ summer vacation. As in every year, the session will kick off on Monday afternoon with speeches by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog.


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