Israeli Vote on Citizenship for Palestinians Becomes Test for New Government

TEL AVIV—Israel’s parliament is predicted to vote Monday on a temporary legislation that bars citizenship for Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza who are married to Israelis, the hottest demanding issue that the new fragile coalition governing administration need to get over.

The legislation, which was initial enacted in 2003 and has since been renewed every yr, expires Tuesday at midnight. Coalition parties worked to discover a compromise before the vote, which will probably get place late Monday.

Israel’s remaining-wing and Arab lawmakers, like a lot of in the current governing administration, say the legislation discriminates towards the country’s Arab minority. The ideal-wing parties, like that of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, say the measure is needed to sustain security and maintain Israel’s Jewish character.

Opposition factions, like former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud occasion, are debating whether or not to back a legislation that they supported for years on security grounds, or oppose it to frustrate the new governing administration.

Mr. Bennett on Monday accused the opposition of selecting political maneuvering in excess of point out security.