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Fragile Israeli government braces for chill as Knesset winter term begins

The Knesset’s winter session, which opened yesterday, is expected to test the precarious coalition of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

“Contain yourselves for a few more weeks. Don’t pick fights on Twitter. It’s not worth it. If you shake the coalition up now, the people of Israel will not forgive you for it, and your electorate will not forgive you.” That was Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s firm message to the members of the coalition Oct. 4, about an hour before the start of the Knesset’s winter session.

Lapid, who is also alternate prime minister, made these remarks at a meeting of his Yesh Atid faction. He was referring, among other things, to a Twitter feud between Minister of the Interior Ayelet Shaked and the Meretz faction.

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