Israel's coalition in crisis


April 15, 2022

Idit Silman

(JTA) - Of all the issues facing Israel - violence within the country, how to handle Russia's war on Ukraine, Iran - the one that appears to have put the country's delicate governing coalition at risk could appear picayune.

When Idit Silman, a member of Knesset from the right-wing Yamina party, surprised government leaders and even her party by resigning Wednesday, she said she was doing so over hospital food.

Her decision vaults issues of religious freedom and Israel's Jewish character to the center of public discourse. Silman, a former teacher and health-care executive, has also opposed e...

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