Israel’s Government Faces Crisis After Right-Wing Lawmaker Quits

TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government faces a crisis after a lawmaker quit the ruling coalition, leaving it without a majority in parliament less than a year since coming to power.

Idit Silman, the coalition’s de facto whip, in a letter to Mr. Bennett Wednesday said she was resigning from the coalition over disagreements over the country’s Jewish character. She recently clashed with Israel’s health minister over whether leavened grain products should be allowed in Israeli hospitals during the coming Passover religious holiday. In Jewish tradition, such products are removed from public spaces and not consumed during the holiday.

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