The haredi political parties reacted furiously to Prime Minister Netanyahu's support for a bill submitted by MK Bezalel Smotrich which would have set up a parliamentary committee of inquiry into conflicts of interest among Supreme Court justices.
Several minutes before the vote in the Knesset plenum, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri called Netanyahu and had a heated conversation with the prime minister.
Deri accused Netanyahu of risking the future of the unity government by promoting controversial legislation. "You are leading us towards an election during this difficult time when more than a million people are unemployed."
The interior minister ended the conversation by slamming down the phone.
The United Torah Judaism party also reacted angrily to the Likud party's support for the bill. MK Yisrael Eichler demanded that MKs be allowed to vote as they saw fit and not in line with the coalition. Likud representatives were even sent to talk with MK Moshe Gafni.
Prime Minister Netanyahu was absent from the vote, as were other MKs and ministers from the Likud, including Ministers Yisrael Katz, Haim Katz, Miri Regev, Yuli Edelstein, Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin, and Minister Ohana.
Gafni was furious when he discovered the Likud minister's absence and accused Netanyahu of treating the UTJ party unfairly.
The Knesset voted to reject the proposal Wednesday in a vote of 54-43.