Israeli disputes postpone the vote on extending the Citizenship law

The controversial law is the first test of Israel's new government

Jerusalem24 – The Israeli website Ynet reported that it was decided to postpone the vote in the Israeli Knesset to extend the work of the “Citizenship law.”

The law prohibits granting Israeli citizenship to Palestinians who have married Israeli women, and its validity must be extended after about three weeks.

It was supposed to be put to a vote today, Monday, but the differences within the new government coalition and the failure to obtain a majority within the coalition parties’ members prompted the postponement of the vote on it, given that it does not want to rely on the opposition’s votes.

The new coalition is trying to find compromises with the United Arab List party and Arab Knesset members from Meretz, in order to pass it by the deadline for the end of the law currently in force until the sixth of next July.

The Israeli Interior Minister, Ayelet Shaked, will hold a meeting with specialists on the law, and then decide whether it will be put to a vote next Wednesday.

The Arab Unity Party and Arab members of Meretz are calling for amendments to the law in order to grant facilities to those who receive family unification.

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