Daily Israel Report

Report: Yesh Atid to Block Vote Over Funds to Judea, Samaria

Finance Minister Yair Lapid reportedly to withhold funds as 'revenge' against Jewish Home for vetoing same-sex marriage bill.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 12/10/2013, 2:56 PM

Benett and Lapid: frenemies?
Benett and Lapid: frenemies?
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Despite recent news that tensions are easing between the two parties, Yesh Atid is set to vote against budgetary measures for Judea and Samaria proposed by coalition partner Jewish Home, according to an unconfirmed Maariv report. 

A Tuesday afternoon budgetary hearing, which determines the allocations of some 90 million shekel, will see Yesh Atid directing funds away from Judea and Samaria, according to the report. Senior officials from the party told Maariv that Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who chairs the movement, has decided on the veto due to recent votes by Jewish Home against the party's bills for same-sex marriage.

Jewish Home advocates rights and funds for Judea and Samaria's Jewish sector as a fundamental part of the party's platform, and the move would be a huge blow, analysts say. 

Sunday, Lapid made a thinly veiled threat to replace Jewish Home with another party in order to broker a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority. MK Yoni Chetboun and others have already called for Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett to break away from the coalition pact, stating that Lapid's party has damaged both the State of Israel in general and the direction of Jewish Home in particular. 

Lapid later apologized for his remarks, but Chetboun and others are not convinced that the improved relationship is permanent.