Saturday, April 9, 2022

Israeli MK quits coalition over chametz argument with health minister

The governing coalition of Israel has lost its majority in the Knesset after conservative MK Idit Silman, resigned from her role.

Backbencher Silman resigned from the governing coalition currently led by Prime minister Naftali Bennett citing her belief that a “national, Jewish and Zionist government" should be leading Israel.

Silman has joined the opposition Likud party, currently led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This defection comes after Silman criticised health minister Nitzan Horowitz, a member of the Meretz party, for lifting a ban on chametz in hospitals during Pesach to comply with an Israeli Supreme Court ruling that

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