MK Orlev asks party to leave coalition

June 6, 2012 15:50

Habayit Hayehudi MK Zevulun Orlev, who sponsored an outpost bill to legalize the West Bank Ulpana outpost, said he had asked his party to leave the coalition after the bill's defeat.

Speaking at a press conference at a pro-Ulpana protest tent outside the Knesset, Orlev said that if ministers - threatened with removal from the cabinet if they supported the bill - had voted like the remainder of the Knesset, the bill would have passed. Orlev added that he resubmitted his bill to the Knesset.

Speaking earlier, activist and hunger striker Yehudah Yifrach declared an end to the hunger strike, taken up by pro-Ulpana activists ahead of the vote, in favor of struggling in the field. 

Calling the cause "just, moral and logical," Rabbi Yair Frank promised to bring the outpost bill back to the Knesset, and maintain a protest presence in the rose garden by the Knesset.

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