Israel's Cabinet to Meet Tuesday After Three Meetings Canceled Within a Month

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Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting, May 2020.
Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting, May 2020.
Noa Landau
Noa Landau

A cabinet meeting has been scheduled to be held on Tuesday, after being canceled three times within the past month.

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The normally weekly cabinet meetings were halted about a month ago amid a coalition crisis over the government budget, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanding that a two-year budget be passed, while Defense Minister Benny Gantz insisted on passing a one-year budget.

Last week, the Knesset passed legislation pushing the deadline for passing a budget to December.

After Netanyahu announced that he would join Gantz's Kahol Lavan in backing the legislation, he presented the move as an act of leadership and accused Kahol Lavan of "adding and changing all sorts of things" in the agreement after the prime minister expressed his support of it. 

The legislation to extend the budget deadline by 120 days also entailed a freeze on appointments that must be approved by the cabinet, such as the state prosecutor.

During that time, a committee would be formed to discuss how the appointments will be decided upon, and the government could focus on the coronavirus crisis and preparing for security challenges along the Gaza border and in the north.

Passage of the legislation moved the deadline to December 23.

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