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Israel Cabinet Members Must Resign if They Fail to Back Confidence Vote

The Israel Cabinet decided today that members of the Cabinet must resign if, in the future, they cannot support the government on a vote of confidence because of a matter of conscience. Otherwise, it was agreed, every minister must vote with the government and may not abstain.

Today’s decision was the aftermath of two votes in Parliament during which all religious deputies and ministers abstained on motions of no confidence attacking the government’s refusal to interfere with the Haifa municipality’s operation of an industrial fair on the Sabbath.