Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party moves to advance legislation to hold direct elections for premier without further parliamentary elections, hours before his mandate to form a government expires.
The proposal, which could allow Netanyahu to retain the premiership despite his right-wing religious bloc again falling short of a majority in the March 23 elections, is one of a number of bills that Likud is seeking to get approval to fast-track during a meeting of the Knesset Arrangements Committee later today.
There does not currently appear to be a majority to approve the bill.
The other proposals that Likud wants to be able to hold a plenum vote on tomorrow are: a bill to cancel the 2005 “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip and several West Bank settlements; a bill to introduce the death penalty for terrorists; a bill to bar migrant “infiltrators” from entering the country; a bill to limit parties’ ability to claim standing in lawsuits; a bill to change the way Supreme Court justices are selected; “the attorney general bill”; a bill to “regulate” illegal settlement outposts; a bill allowing the Knesset to overrule Supreme Court rulings; a bill on disqualifying evidence; and a bill to cancel Netanyahu’s power-sharing agreement with Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, which is anchored in law.
Many of the proposals appear designed to split right-wing parties that have not committed to Netanyahu — such as Naftali Bennett’s Yamina — or that oppose the Likud chief — Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope and Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu — as they have voiced support for some of these proposals.
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