May 23, 2024


Imagination at work

Israeli Vote on Citizenship for Palestinians Becomes Test for New Government

TEL AVIV—Israel’s parliament is anticipated to vote Monday on a temporary legislation that bars citizenship for Palestinians from the occupied West Financial institution and Gaza who are married to Israelis, the newest difficult situation that the new fragile coalition govt ought to conquer.

The legislation, which was initially enacted in 2003 and has considering that been renewed each and every yr, expires Tuesday at midnight. Coalition functions labored to locate a compromise prior to the vote, which will likely consider location late Monday.

Israel’s still left-wing and Arab lawmakers, which includes quite a few in the existing govt, say the legislation discriminates towards the country’s Arab minority. The correct-wing functions, which includes that of Primary Minister Naftali Bennett, say the evaluate is essential to retain stability and maintain Israel’s Jewish character.

Opposition factions, which includes former Primary Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud get together, are debating whether to back again a legislation that they supported for yrs on stability grounds, or oppose it to frustrate the new govt.

Mr. Bennett on Monday accused the opposition of selecting political maneuvering about point out stability.