Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett avoids government collapse

TEL AVIV — An Israeli lawmaker who quit government last week has decided to join the ruling but fragile coalition, helping Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stay in power and avoid another election for the time being.

The sudden resignation on Thursday of Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, an Arab lawmaker from the left-wing Meretz party, reduced Mr Bennett’s coalition to 59 seats out of 120 seats in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. With the return of Ms. Rinawie Zoabi, Mr. Bennett’s coalition now has 60 seats, split evenly with the opposition. The opposition needs 61 lawmakers to vote to dissolve parliament and send Israel to its fifth election in just over three years.


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