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Another Member Just Quit Israel's Coalition. Is a Fifth Election in Four Years Inevitable?

After MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi surprised her own party, Bennett's coalition is now a minority government, increasing the odds of an Israeli election in September. But not everyone in the opposition will want a swift return to the polling places

Anshel Pfeffer
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It was no secret that Meretz lawmaker Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi was uncomfortable in a governing coalition with a broadly right-wing agenda. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid offered her a way out: the position of Israel’s consul general in Shanghai. That was supposed to have sorted matters. But the events of the last six weeks in Jerusalem, the clashes between police and Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and at the funeral of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh were too much for her. She doesn’t want to represent Israel in China or support its government in the Knesset.

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