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Lapid urges coalition unity to approve budget; Netanyahu vows to overthrow the government

As the Knesset returns from hiatus, coalition party leaders are speaking in faction meetings and expressing their expectations ahead of the winter session, stressing the need to keep the fragile government intact and pass the state budget – a step that needs to be taken next month or month Elections are triggered automatically.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said at his parliamentary group meeting in Yesh Atid that the government “has five weeks ahead of us in which we have one task: to pass a budgetâ€.

Lapid complains that various parties in the right-center-left Islamist coalition, which has a wafer-thin Knesset majority, “are each beginning to get on their way, making unnecessary headlines and acting as if this government takes it for granted should be viewed.

“This government is a fragile miracle that happened against all odds. We all have a responsibility to maintain the coalition and not stir up unnecessary struggles, â€he says.

Mansour Abbas, leader of the Ra’am party, will chair a parliamentary group meeting in the Knesset on October 4, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi / Flash90)

Mansour Abbas, leader of the Islamist Ra’am party, says he expects other coalition parties to keep their promises. However, he makes it clear that “we did not form a coalition to tear it apart, we want it to continue to exist and work.”

Meanwhile, at his meeting, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu told the Likud faction that his party would soon be back in power.

“Israeli citizens see how bad this government is,” says Netanyahu.

He adds that the coalition members “believe they are safe, but we were already in the opposition with 12 seats (2006-2009) and came back strong. This is exactly what will happen again. It will happen because of their mistakes. To achieve this, we will maintain our resolve and unity. “



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