Speaker of the Knesset Edelstein, a member of Likud and a very close crony of Netanyahu, has kept the newly elected Knesset closed, preventing any committee organization or legislative activity. Of course, he is playing the Coronavirus excuse. Of course, everybody knows that he is doing for Netanyahu’s and his own political survival.
Edelstein knows that there are 61 votes to remove Edelstein as Speaker and replace him with a member of Blue and White and 61 votes to pass legislation that would effectively remove Netanyahu from office immediately. This closure is a blatant move to prevent that from happening.
President Rivlin has condemned this move and Blue and White and other members will appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court to force the Knesset to open.
I think this action by Edelstein/Netanyahu will do nothing but galvanize the opposition into quickly removing Likud from power once the Knesset is open.
Both men should be removed from office for this action, which demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that neither can be trusted to govern in a democratic fashion.
If that means a minority government backed by the Joint List, so be it.