Israel's parliament reopens, opposition mulls bill to bring down government
'The government has lost its Knesset majority — it has no public legitimacy, and it is illegitimate'
Israel's parliament (Knesset) reopened Monday to start the summer session as the coalition hangs by a thread after losing its majority, and as the opposition vows to bring it down.
Former whip and Yamina MK Idit Silman defected on April 6, leaving the coalition without a majority in the 120-seat parliament.
If Ra'am withdraws its seats, the government will be in a clear minority.
On Sunday, opposition party heads held a meeting at the Likud party's headquarters in Tel Aviv, agreeing to continue the "determined and unified fight" to topple the government.
“The government has lost its Knesset majority — it has no public legitimacy, and it is illegitimate,” the statement said, according to The Times of Israel.
The opposition plans to bring a vote of no confidence on Monday, a largely symbolic move not expected to have a real effect beyond potentially embarrassing the government.
They are also reportedly weighing whether to bring forward a bill to disperse the government on Wednesday.
If put forward by former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party as a non-government bill and passed in a preliminary reading, the government would not dissolve. The bill would, instead, need to pass a first, second, and third vote in future sessions.