The Jerusalem Post

A vote void of victors

- ANALYSIS • By HERB KEINON

Five hours after the coalition suffered a stinging loss in the Knesset Tuesday morning when it failed to pass an extension to the citizenshi­p law, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called a press conference to unveil a new plan to trim Israel’s bureaucrac­y.

The juxtaposit­ion was striking. In the morning, the government, only three weeks old, took a staggering blow to the chin, by noon it was back up on its feet, wanting to create the impression that the punch it sustained had not slowed it down.

“We are continuing forward, the government will survive and continue to do good,” Bennett said, answering a question about the dramatic early morning developmen­ts in the Knesset.

The press conference – where Bennett was joined by Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman, and Deputy Minister for Regulatory Matters in the Prime

 ?? (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) ?? COALITION LEADERS huddle during a session on the citizenshi­p law in the Knesset early on Tuesday.
(Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) COALITION LEADERS huddle during a session on the citizenshi­p law in the Knesset early on Tuesday.

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