Netanyahu and haredi party leaders
Netanyahu and haredi party leaders Hadas Porush/Flash 90

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) threatened to resign from the government if the Supermark Law is not approved in in its first reading in the Knesset

The coalition has had difficulty mobilizing the majority needed to pass the law, which would authorize the Interior Minister to require authorities to close stores on Shabbat.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who landed in Israel this evening, rushed to the Knesset plenum to try to get the majority needed to pass the law on first reading.

Even before leaving for France and Belgium, the Prime Minister spoke with the heads of the coalition factions and made it clear to them that there was a great need to mobilize support for the supermarket law.

It should be recalled that the Yisrael Beiteinu faction announced in advance that four of its MKs will vote against the law and that MK Sofa Landver will not participate in the vote.

Two other MKs members, Tali Ploskov of Kulanu and the Likud's Sharen Haskel, announced that they would abstain, despite the fact that they are members of the coalition. Ploskov received the approval of party chairman, Minister Moshe Kahlon, to abstain and not vote against the bill.

Two MKs from the Likud are threatening to abstain - MKs members Oren Hazan and Yehuda Glick. Their abstentions could allow the opposition to thwart the passage of the bill.