Israel’s Parliament Speaker advances resignation

Ealing a blow to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and deepening the political turmoil in the country, the Israel’s Parliament Speaker, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, on Wednesday, March 25, abruptly resigned from the post, amid the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak and a looming corruption trial. In view of the procedural issues and ban on large gatherings due to deadly Coronavirus, Mr. Edelstein suspended parliamentary activities last week.

The resignation of Mr. Yuli Edelstein has cleared the grounds for the opposition to move forward with efforts in Parliament to topple Netanyahu. But it is to be noted that Edelstein, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, by resigning from the post, also defied a Supreme Court order to hold a vote for his successor, that in a way, could cause delay for the opposition from proceeding with its agenda for several days.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz took it to the micro-blogging site Twitter and tweeted, “The Israeli parliament belongs to Israel’s citizens, and their elected representatives will follow the laws of the state of Israel and the rulings of its courts. No one is above the law.”

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