No-Confidence Motions Defeated

YERUSHALAYIM -

The new unity government defeated a flurry of no-confidence motions on Monday, as opposition parties attacked it for spending on ministries during an economic crisis.

“Instead of using the taxpayers’ money to help them [the public] in their darkest hour, you take the money and spend it on the alternate prime minister’s dwelling, envoy and office; on hundreds of useless jobs in the most preposterous government Israel has ever seen,” Yesh Atid chairman and opposition leader Yair Lapid charged during a debate in the Knesset plenum.

The opposition was voted down four times: On a Yesh Atid motion 66-31, on a Joint List motion 66-31; Yisrael Beytenu’s went down 67-25, and Meretz 67-37.