The bill to fund the “Dimensions for Studies” scholarship will go up for a vote in the Knesset tomorrow (Monday) in the second and third readings, but since everyone is in favor of the men and women soldiers, it seems that the law will not pass and will fall in the end. At the moment, the coalition does not have a majority in the Knesset for the law, with neither Ra’am nor MK Jida Rinawi-Zoabi intending to support the law.
Last Thursday, before MK Rinawi-Zoabi of Meretz dropped the bombshell on her resignation from the coalition, negotiations were still underway between the chairman of the finance committee, Alex Kushnir from the coalition, and the Likud leadership on a compromise proposal. Of a comedic respite in rather dramatic political moments – which led to the cessation of negotiations between the parties.
From the exchange of accusations between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, it can be learned that both sides are convinced that holding the vote tomorrow, even if the law falls, serves them.
On the one hand, the coalition is convinced that the Likud will suffer a severe blow if, due to the lack of cooperation from the opposition, the aid for discharged soldiers is not received. On the other hand, the Likud is convinced that if the law is not passed, then the public will understand how dangerous it is to rely on RAAM.
On Wednesday, the wheel is expected to turn, because then the Likud intends to raise a private bill of 100% funding for the veterans’ scholarship – and then the question is what the coalition will do. In other words, the Likud’s crisis tomorrow will be overturned on Wednesday by the coalition – and it is likely that by the end of the week everyone will finally be bruised.