The far Right put its divisions on full display during a Wednesday press conference over two bills to retroactively authorize the West Bank outpost of Ulpana.
Pro-settlement ministers are torn between supporting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's coalition and voting their conscience by supporting the bills, a move Netanyahu promised would get them fired. Coalition party Yisrael Beytenu said it would not support the bills, and Shas will sit out the vote, a move that de facto withdraws its support.National Union MK Ya'acov Katz, who sponsored one of the bills, called out Likud Minister Yuli Edelstein and MKs Gila Gamliel and Ayoub Kara by name in the meeting, urging them to support the bill. He also said the public should not have faith in Netanyahu: "He commits crimes against his people," Katz said.
Coalition Chairman Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) urged everyone to vote according to their conscience. "There are times when even if you know it won't pass, you have to act according to your conscience and be able to go to people and say you did everything possible for them," said Elkin.