Meretz activists protest outside rebel MK’s house, demanding his resignation

Meretz activists were due to protest outside the home of leftist party rebel MK Ghaida Rinawi Zoabi on Saturday evening, already trembling when he and another coalition MP voted to help defeat a crucial bill. further troubled the government.

Both Rinawi Zobi and Ram MK Mazen Ghanim are under pressure to resign after voting with the opposition against a measure to renew the application of Israeli law for West Bank settlers. Three other Knesset members of the Islamist Ram party did not participate, as did rebel Yamina MK Idit Silman of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s party, and the bill failed to pass in Monday’s 58–52 vote.

Before the demonstration in the northern city of Nof Haglil, Cannes News said that Meretz and Ram told Bennett that they had lost control of Rinawi Zobi and Ghanim, who had rejected calls to resign and voted against the bill. Has promised if it is brought up to vote again.

According to the report, some Arab mayors are also now urging Rinawi Jobi to give up his seat.

On Friday, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid warned various rebels in the coalition that “anyone who threatens this government from within should know they will pay a price.”

Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi (L) speaks with Ra’am MK Mazen Ghanaim (R) during a Knesset discussion on a bill to renew the application of some Israeli legislation for settlers on June 6, 2022. (Yontan Sindel / Flash 90)

Since losing the Knesset majority in April following Silman’s resignation from the coalition, the government has been confined from one crisis to the next. Rinawi Zobi announced she was leaving the coalition before reversing her decision last month, although she voted against the so-called West Bank bill this week.

The unsuccessful vote on the bill was seen by many, including Justice Minister Gideon Saar, who led it, as a test of how long the coalition could last.

The latest threat to the coalition is now believed to be Yamina MK Nir Orbach, who was at the center of speculation on Thursday as the latest possible defector in the government.

Yamina MK has publicly denied persistent reports that it is in talks with opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu to potentially join Likud and form an alternative government. But sources close to Orbach told Hebrew-language media that he was exploring such a possibility.

Channel 12 reported on Friday that Orbach gave Bennett an ultimatum to resolve his problems with the renegade MK in Meretz and Ram within a week, or he could support a no-confidence motion in the government.

The right-wing MK has been judged as a flight risk in recent months since Silman’s defection and issued an ultimatum to the government for his continued support.

MK Idit Silman (R) and Nir Orbach arrive for a meeting of the Yamina faction in the Knesset on May 16, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi / Flash 90)

In three elections this week, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s opposition bloc jumped to 60 seats in the 120-seat Knesset if elections were held today.

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