Shortly after the vote, Likud MK Michal Shir announced that she would be joining Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party in light of the election.
Shortly after the vote, Likud MK Michal Shir announced that she would be joining Gideon Sa’ar‘s New Hope party, after voting against the bill.
The heads of Likud and Blue-and-White thought that there would be a majority to pass the bill, but they were surprised when three Blue-and-White MKs and one Likud MK came in and voted against it. MKs Asaf Zamir, Ram Shefa and Miki Haimovich of Blue-and-White, and Michal Shir of Likud voted against the bill while Likud MK Sharren Haskel declined to come to the vote.
On his official Twitter, Netanyahu said in response to the vote that the “Blue and White [party] withdrew from the agreements and dragged us to unnecessary choices during the Corona crisis. We do not want elections and we voted against them tonight as well, but we are not afraid of elections – because we will win.”
Opposition head and chairman of the Yesh Atid-Telem party said during the debate on the bill that ““Netanyahu doesn’t care about the mutation, he only cares about the rotation.”
Labor MK Merav Michaeli, who didn’t join the coalition, panned Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and fellow party member Gabi Ashkenazi, along with members of the her own party, Amir Peretz and Itzik Shmuli, saying in a tweet that they “have probably sat down and wrote a new platform of promises to violate, and that she intends to go to court in order to reinstate the Labor party primaries.