Israel’s ex-PM Netanyahu raises hand by MISTAKE and votes with rivals — RT World News

Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister and leader of opposition, accidentally voted for a clause in a vote in which Israel passed a budget.

Early on Thursday morning, the Knesset approved the state budget for 2021 in a close vote of 61 to 59. This prompted celebrations and comments from PM Naftali Bennet, who declared that this was a historic occasion. “A vacation for the State of Israel”

“After years of chaos – we formed a government, we overcame the Delta variant, and now, thank God, we passed a budget for Israel”, Bennett Tweeted

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Thursday’s vote required that the budget be approved by the Knesset before November 14, to prevent the Knesset from automatically dissolving and triggering February elections. This is the first time Israel has had an updated budget since March 2018.

Netanyahu is the leader of the Opposition and an experienced member of Israel’s assembly. However, he mistakenly raised support for a budget clause with coalition members in the wee hours of the morning. Arye Deri, Shas leader, also voted with the coalition.

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In June, Netanyahu, after 12 years in office, was removed from his post as prime minister. Naftali Bennett, the Yamina alliance leader and key figure of the ‘change coalition’, replaced him.

After the April 2019 elections, Israel was in a political crisis. A right-wing party that had been allied to the former-PM refused him a seat in his government because of corruption charges.

This period saw the state hold four elections and then sees the end of parliament following its failure to pass a budget.

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