Israeli Lawmakers to Vote on Bennett-Lapid Government on Sunday

The swearing-in for the anti-Netanyahu government will take place after the government passes a vote of confidence by Knesset lawmakers

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Lapid and Bennett sitting in the Knesset plenum, last week
Lapid and Bennett sitting in the Knesset plenum, last weekCredit: Emil Salman

Knesset lawmakers will cast a vote of confidence on the Bennett-Lapid government next Sunday, followed by a swearing-in ceremony for the new government, Knesset Speaker Yariv Lavin announced. 

These proceedings will follow a vote for the speaker of the 24th Knesset. 

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The Lapid-Bennett camp is required to release details of the coalition agreements on Friday, 24 hours before the ceremony, giving their opponents more time to apply pressure on lawmakers to vote against the government. 

Clauses from the coalition agreements between the parties in the Bennett-Lapid government revealed on Monday that Yamina Chairman Naftali Bennett will not necessarily be committed to agreements signed by Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid with other parties in the coalition.

For example, Yamina would not necessarily be obligated to a clause in the coalition agreement with Meretz that promises advancement on legislation advancing the standing of the LGBTQ community, or to repeal the Kaminitz Law as the United Arab List's agreement stipulates. Both Bennett and Lapid, who will serve as alternate prime minister, will have veto power over any government decision.

The coalition agreements also preserve the Norwegian Law, allowing up to 26 ministers and deputies to step down from their role as Knesset members and allow other members of their parties to fill those seats. Parties with six seats will allow up to three lawmakers to resign. Parties with seven to nine seats will be able to have four members resign their Knesset seats, and parties with over ten can allow up to five members to resign. The security cabinet will include 12 members, with parity between the two blocs. The prime minister will determine the cabinet's agenda.

The coalition agreement between Yamina and Yesh Atid will act as an umbrella agreement, which will obligate all the parties and will be added as an addendum to each of their individual coalition agreements. Clauses can be added to coalition agreements with the agreement of both Bennett and Lapid. All party leaders read and approved the agreements with all other party members.

The far-right Religious Zionism party quickly condemned the agreements after their contents emerged. "Naftali Bennett has completely lost his senses morally," a party statement read, which accused the Yamina chairman of aiming to become "an illegitimate prime minister with six seats."

The party claimed that the agreements "expose the liquidation sale of the Negev and the Galilee, damage to the state's Jewish character and a severe perversion of democracy and the will of the people." It was not too late, however, Religious Zionism argued, calling for "one hero with a moral compass and conscience to develop a moral spine and announce his opposition, and then instead of the establishment of a government by the bizarre left and terror supporters, a national government will be formed."

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