'If 1 MK doesn't vote, there is no government'

Political commentator Amit Segal says Lapid-Bennett government has no precedent in Israeli history, has good chance of not being formed.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Yair Lapid (r) and Naftali Bennett (l)
Yair Lapid (r) and Naftali Bennett (l)
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Channel 12 News political commentator Amit Segal analyzed the political map after Yair Lapid managed to form a government last night.

"What is this government? It is an unprecedented creature in Israeli politics, it is not a stable coherent government that is just waiting to be formed and is likely to stay the course. There is an unprecedented situation here in that every single member of the Knesset [has veto power]. All it takes is for Orbach to not show up and there's no government," Segal said.

According to Segal, "Despite all the drama of last night - will he or won't he (Lapid, that is) make it to 61 - it's worth waiting a week to see how this really ends. We've been through so many revolutions that it's a good idea to avoid drawing premature conclusions. "

Segal added that in his opinion, there will be more Knesset members who will withdraw their signatures to replace the Knesset Speaker: "In order to replace the Speaker, each party submitted its members' signatures - presigned on a blank form. Its not that they came to get the signatures for that issue specifically. What happens is, that the faction members sign blank forms, usually not for such issues but for this coming Knesset, it's being done for procedural issues too."

''So Orbach has now pulled his signature, and I've heard he won't be the only one. There are a number of other MKs who are not happy about the move. It's worth noting that if Mickey Levy [the 'change bloc's' choice for Speaker] does get elected as Knesset Speaker, then a government will most likely be formed."