No-confidence motions fail despite coalition Knesset members’ rebellion

MKs Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) and Oren Hazan (Likud) kept their vow not to vote with the coalition Monday in protest over the IDF’s evacuation of Jews who moved into a Hebron home.

Two rebels can be enough to destabilize the narrow, 61-seat coalition, but Smotrich and Hazan’s act of protest had little impact.

The two votes that took place went the coalition’s way despite Hazan and Smotrich’s absence. The opposition’s no-confidence motions were voted down 50-49, and a bill exempting experienced immigrant dentists from taking an exam to practice in Israel passed with no opponents in the coalition or opposition.


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