Liberman won't enter govt until at least next week

With 24-hour Knesset review needed to approve coalition deal, Lag Ba'Omer break makes deal this week highly unlikely.

Hezki Baruch ,

Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Avigdor Liberman won't be sworn into the government at least until next week, it appears, as talks between Likud and Yisrael Beytenu drag on.

By law, once a coalition deal is reached and signed, it must be submitted to the Knesset for approval at least 24 hours in advance of its scheduled implementation.

Since tomorrow the Knesset will only be sitting a half session in honor of Lag Ba'Omer, such a process is highly unlikely to take place this week, with only a few hours left to seal the deal.

It represents the latest bureaucratic hurdle for the Netanyahu government, after red tape at the US Embassy delayed the swearing-in of freshman Likud MK Yehuda Glick. Under Israeli law, MKs cannot hold dual citizenship; Glick, an American citizen, has been struggling to expedite the process of renouncing his US citizenship as he steps in to replace disgruntled former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.

As a result, it is unclear whether Glick will be sworn in as an MK tomorrow.

Between that and the delays in talks with Yisrael Beytenu, the coalition government currently only possesses 60 seats in the 120-seat Knesset.