Israel’s 19th Knesset convened this week after a 10-week-long recess.
The Knesset’s winter session began with a series of speeches, headlined by Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu recapping major developments since July.
The evening was marked by a series of no confidence motions made by the opposition, all seven of which were denied, and one particularly heated argument between Finance Minister Yair Lapid and MK Shelly Yachimovich. In response to the no-confidence votes, Lapid accused the opposition of harming Israel’s interests. The finance minister claimed that the opposition’s recent petition to the High Court regarding gas exports would lead to the closure of facilities in Israel.
Lapid’s accusation led Yachimovich to request special permission to be allowed a retort. “The finance minister has broken new records and accused the opposition of closing down factories. Even ignorance has its limits. There is no connection between the High Court proceedings on natural gas exports and the Caniel facilities or the natural gas flow into it, or any other factory — these are two different, unrelated things,” she said.
“You can keep using this gas pipeline story, it has nothing to do with the High Court. Someone should explain it to you. I feel bad. You come up to the podium, you have no idea what you are talking about, you haven’t the slightest clue.”
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