Israel Coalition Loses Majority as Member Quits


Israel’s governing coalition has lost its majority after a member of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s Yamina party resigned.

The coalition had been governing with the slimmest majority — commanding 61 of parliament’s 120 seats. It runs the gamut of Israeli politics: secular and religious factions, hawks and doves, free marketeers and social democrats, and an Arab party for the first time in Israeli history.

Idit Silman’s departure puts this already-fragile coalition on exceptionally shaky ground. With only 60 lawmakers it will not be able to pass new laws in parliament, unless one of the opposition parties agrees to support them. 

If just one more member leaves, the government would likely not be able to survive a no-confidence vote, increasing the chances that Israel will face a new round of elections.