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Temple Mount clashes threaten Israeli coalition

After losing his Knesset majority April 6 when legislator Idit Silman ditched the coalition, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is now confronted with the Ra’am party freezing its coalition membership over Temple Mount incidents.
Israeli police officers stand on a rooftop near Al-Aqsa Mosque following clashes with Muslim prayers.

Violent clashes on the Temple Mount and the stoning of buses packed with Jewish worshippers on their way to the Western Wall on April 17 threaten to bring down an already rickety coalition government.

This isn’t the first time that violence has occurred in Jerusalem when Ramadan coincides with the Passover holiday. It is, however, the first time that a religious Muslim party, Ra’am, is part of the coalition. And it is not just a part of the coalition either. The government relies on it. Should it withdraw, the whole government would collapse immediately.

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