Political drama hides a lame duck Knesset

Neither the coalition nor the opposition will really be passing any laws in the Knesset under the current political constellation.

The Knesset is often, if not usually, the focal point for Israeli politics. Will this or that controversial bill get passed? Will the Finance Committee approve the funding for a key policy? Did the Likud’s Oren Hazan really say that about another MK?

And so it has been for the past few weeks, with the coalition’s one-seat majority making every vote suspenseful and dramatic. Any vote is a chance for the opposition to rally and have a fairly realistic shot to block the coalition’s efforts.

But behind that veneer of drama and excitement is actually a Knesset that’s not doing much. Continue reading

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