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Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party.

The Yesh Atid party — once a member of Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud-led coalition government — is now trying to tear it down.

Lapid’s left-centrist party submitted a petition to the High Court on Sunday asking for a temporary injunction against the cabinet approval of an amendment to the Basic Law: The Government, increasing the number of cabinet ministers from 18 to 20.

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Yesh Atid was a member of the previous coalition but quit the government in a bitter feud just prior to an internal battle that led to Netanyahu finally disbanding the government altogether. The party is now sitting in the opposition and lost more than half of its support.

In its petition, it asked the Court to rule on the matter by 8 am Monday in order to prevent a “trampling of the rules of democracy day by day.”

The Knesset plenum was expected to vote on the expansion by Monday in order to enable the ministers to be sworn in by Wednesday.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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