By Michael Bachner, Times of Israel—
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks set to end his 12 consecutive years in power in five days, as Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin announced Tuesday that a vote would be held on swearing in the new “change government” during a special parliamentary session on Sunday, a day before the deadline set by law.
The eight-party “change government” alliance, headed by Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, anticipates winning a 61-59 majority in the vote, after wavering Yamina MK Nir Orbach said Tuesday he would back the new coalition.
The timing of the vote means that all coalition agreements must be formally handed to the Knesset and made public by Friday. The pro-Netanyahu bloc will therefore have 48 hours — not the 24 hours required by the law, since the Sabbath day of rest isn’t counted — to scrutinize the agreements and pressure right-wing MKs to jump ship before the vote of confidence.
The voting process will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, the Knesset said on Tuesday evening.
In a statement, Levin said a new Knesset speaker would be chosen during the same session. The Knesset doesn’t normally convene on Sundays. Continue Reading…