After Uproar, Likud to Vote Against Plastic Bag Law

YERUSHALAYIM

The Likud backtracked Wednesday from its decision to give party members freedom of vote on a coalition law, following a threat by Shas chairman Rabbi Aryeh Deri to dismantle the right-wing bloc, led by the Likud. Earlier, the Likud decided to give freedom of vote on a bill by MK Yorai Lahav-Hertzano (Yesh Atid) and MK Michal Rosin (Meretz), which would oblige all businesses in Israel to charge for disposable bags. The proposal will go up for a preliminary reading later Wednesday.

Shas chairman Rabbi Aryeh Deri addressed opposition leader MK Binyamin Netanyahu and Likud faction chairman MK Yariv Levin, clarifying, “If the Likud decides to take the law to itself, the chareidi parties are also allowed to do what they want. Giving freedom of vote on the bad law of disposable bags means dismantling the right-wing bloc,” Rabbi Deri said.

Beyond that, MKs in the chareidi parties argued that the law could hurt the weaker sections, and announced that if the decision was not changed, they would vote in subsequent votes at their discretion. “It is impossible for the Likud to make fun of us every two days,” the chareidi parties said.

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