Israel’s government faces crisis after right-wing lawmaker resigns

TEL AVIV—Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government is facing a crisis after a lawmaker left the ruling coalition, leaving it without a majority in parliament less than a year after taking office.

Idit Silman, the de facto coalition whip, in a letter to Bennett early Wednesday, said she was resigning from the coalition over disagreements over the Jewish character of the state. She recently clashed with Israel’s health minister over whether sourdough cereal products should be allowed in Israeli hospitals during the upcoming religious holiday of Passover. In the Jewish tradition, these products are removed from public spaces and not consumed at this time.


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