Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s has dodged a major bullet when his government survived the resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and the withdrawal of his Yisrael Beiteinu party from the ruling coalition.
But the vote coming up this week may be the storm that he cannot weather.
This week, the Knesset will vote on Culture Minister Miri Regev’s highly publicized controversial “Cultural Loyalty Law“.
The bill would allow the government to pull funding from organizations or events that feature any of five topics or themes:
Denial that the State of Israel is a Jewish, democratic country; incitement to racism, violence, or terror; support for the armed struggle or acts of terror against Israel by an enemy state or a terror group; marking Israel’s Independence Day as a day of mourning; or any act of destruction or physical degradation of the flag or any state symbol.
When it comes to violating freedoms of speech, drastic measures are often taken. We could very well see other members of the coalition drop out. Right now Netanyahu holds a majority of 1 in the 120 seat Knesset.
With just 61 seats, he would be lucky if his government lasts another 61 more days
As far as I am concerned, what happened yesterday, the ceasefire combined with the agreement with Hamas, is a capitulation to terrorism. We are paying for short-term peace of mind in exchange for serious long-term damage to national security.”
“There is no reason for those terrorist leaders in the Gaza Strip to feel comfortable. They walk freely, attend demonstrations in front of the border fence and incite violence against the State of Israel. Their budget of $270 million a year continues to be invested in strengthening terror, and that is unacceptable” he said.
Deputy Bezalel Somotrich (Habait Haiehudi) remarked after hearing about Lieberman’s resignation: “I don’t think there is anyone in Israel who regrets this resignation. Liberman was a failed defense minister, mainly because he is not a leader. He failed to steer the Defense establishment towards bold, creative and innovative thinking and to present creative solutions to a complex reality.