Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar promises to introduce a term limit bill this month

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s cabinet will vote “very soon” this month on Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s bill to limit prime ministers to two terms, Sa’ar said at his meeting of the New Hope faction in the Knesset on Monday.

The eight-year limit for prime ministers is not retroactive, meaning that opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu can still be prime minister for eight more years. He is the only living Israeli who has served for eight years as prime minister.

But next month, Sa’ar will present his second bill to the cabinet that would prevent any defendant from forming a government, which would apply to Netanyahu.

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman said at his faction meeting that he would support both bills and ensure they pass. But Bennett has been silent about them and declined to express an opinion.

Netanyahu lashed out at Bennett in a special Knesset session requested by 40 opposition deputies, telling him that he “won’t be here for long” before Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid takes office.

Opposition chief Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset on November 8, 2021 (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM / THE JERUSALEM POST)

“Bennett is weak and silent,” Netanyahu said. “The world leaders do not take him seriously, because he is a puppet prime minister who does not cross the electoral threshold. He is a stepping stone, which is trampled by the left to bring Lapid to power, which is the dream of the left. No I mean a wet dream, it’s the non-wet dream on the left. “

The prime minister mocked opposition deputies by speaking for just 20 seconds in response to their complaints that his government had made too many concessions to the Palestinians and the international community.

“There are no negotiations to divide the land, period,” he said.

Bennett’s coalition boycotted a vote on that short Bennett statement because the opposition refused to mate with coalition deputies who are sick and in mourning. Due to the boycott, the vote on Bennett’s statement was 52 against with three abstentions.

Opposition deputies welcomed the results and said it was the first time that a prime minister’s statement had not been approved. They said the boycott was a mere excuse to hide the loss.

The Likud has decided to continue its own boycott of the Knesset committees to protest the coalition that allocates committee seats in a way that the Likud considers unfair. Netanyahu’s party considered a proposal from Likud MP Yuval Steinitz on Monday to allow the formation of the Knesset Ethics Committee, but decided not to do so after Likud MP Orly Levy-Abecassis warned that the ethics committee was would focus on complaints against Likud deputies.

Knesset Chairman Mickey Levy tried to recruit opposition deputies to the committee and circumvent the Likud boycott, but the deputies he sought refused.


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