Liberman won’t enter gov’t until at least next week

May 24, 2016  

Avigdor Liberman won’t be sworn into the government at least until next week, it appears, as talks between Likud and Yisrael Beytenu drag on.

By law, once a coalition deal is reached and signed, it must be submitted to the Knesset for approval at least 24 hours in advance of its scheduled implementation.

Since tomorrow the Knesset will only be sitting a half session in honor of Lag Ba’Omer, such a process will no longer be able to take place this week.

It represents the latest bureaucratic hurdle for the Netanyahu government, after red tape at the US Embassy delayed the swearing-in of freshman Likud MK Yehuda Glick. Under Israeli law, MKs cannot hold dual citizenship; Glick, an American citizen, has been struggling to expedite the process of renouncing his US citizenship as he steps in to replace disgruntled former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

As a result, it is unclear whether Glick will be sworn in as an MK tomorrow.

Between that and the delays in talks with Yisrael Beytenu, the coalition government currently only possesses 60 seats in the 120-seat Knesset.

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