A proposal to postpone the deadline to pass the budget to November 5 passed a first reading in the Knesset overnight Monday, with the opposition keeping MKs up past 2 a.m. for the vote.
The bill, an amendment to Basic Law: Budget, passed with 57 in favor and 55 opposed. If it passes two more votes, expected to take place in the coming weeks, it will give the government 175 days to pass a budget instead of the 100 days currently in the law. In addition, it brings back the two-year budget, which previous finance minister Yair Lapid sought to suspend, though the 2015 budget will be passed almost at the end of that year.
With a coalition of only 61 seats, every vote is a close one, and the opposition tried to exhaust the coalition into not having enough MKs left in the House to win, by giving dozens of speeches, regardless of their relevance to the topic.