Israel: In blow to Bennett’s coalition, Knesset doesn’t renew Arab citizenship law

Source: United Press International

“In a first test of new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s governing coalition, the Knesset on Tuesday voted against renewing a controversial law that prevented Arab Israeli citizens from extending residency or citizenship rights to their Palestinian spouses. The proposal for a one-year extension failed in a 59-59 vote in the Knesset. Israeli conservatives like Bennett said the law was needed for national security purposes, but the measure had long been opposed by Israeli liberals who viewed the law as overly suppressive. Bennett said the vote was a test of whether the coalition trusted his government.” (07/06/21)