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Israel Netanyahu is battling to ward off the pressure

(Bloomberg) – Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu fought to save his stupid government after his defense minister's resignation, and hoped…

(Bloomberg) – Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu fought to save his stupid government after his defense minister’s resignation, and hoped for a crucial meeting on Sunday with a pleaing coalition federation.

Netanyahu will meet with finance minister Moshe Kahlon, who has called on the prime minister to go early for the election of Defense Secretary Avigdor Liberman’s resignation last week, leaving the government in control of only 61 of 120 parliamentary seats.

It is not possible to rule with such a narrow coalition, which will be subject to constant pressure from its partners, Kahlon said in an interview Saturday at Hadashot News. Nevertheless, he said he would keep an open mind for Sunday’s meeting with Netanyahu.

“Maybe he will pull a rabbit out of his hat,” said Kahlon. “Although for a long time there seems to have been no rabbit and no hat.”

Koalition Chaos

The coalition was thrown into turmoil when Liberman resigned and pulled his Yisrael Beitenu party’s five legislators out of government and said Netanyahu did not respond strongly enough to rakets hit Israel by Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who also calls for a tougher line in Gaza, demanded the defense portfolio after Liberman left. In a meeting on Friday, Netanyahu said he would maintain the defense portfolio for himself for now, according to a statement from Netanyahu’s office.

In view of Israel’s “Meet the Press” on Saturday, Bennett said he and Netanyahu had agreed that the government could not survive and early elections would have to be called. A spokesman for Netanyahu said that no such decision had been taken and the government would earn its final year. Elections are currently slated for November 2019.

“There is no reason to go to elections,” the spokesman said in a statement. “A right-wing government should not be rejected.”


If elections were really moved, the current government, formed in 2015, would be the last in a wide range of coalitions to fall apart before their terms ceased to apply. Israel’s commentators predicted that elections should take place until March.

However, they are not expected to produce a substantially amended parliament. According to a news survey in Hadashot News, Netanyahus Likud would be the dominant party, with representation in 30 places, Bennett’s Jewish hometown would rise to 10 places and Kahlon’s Kulanu would fall from 10 to eight. Bennett and Kahlon both said they expect choices to produce another conservative government under Netanyahu.

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Such calculations have shown errors in the past when the selections are out of the bottle. In 1992, hard-haired people dropped a Likud-led government, which expected to further strengthen their ranks. The working party swept instead to power under Yitzhak Rabin and continued signing Oslo’s peace agreement with the Palestinians.

The leader of the current leader, Avi Gabbay, said he would be happy if the election was called – “The earlier, the better.” Polls shows the Zionist Union’s Faction, which includes Work, which falls from 24 seats to only 12 if elections were held today.

“The public must choose between Likud, telling the public that they should be grateful for the way, and we are promoting a change for the better,” said Gabbay at a public event Saturday.

Corruption Probes

There have been months speculation about whether Netanyahu would loosen an unmanageable government and seek a popular mandate with allegations of corruption hanging over his head.

A two-year probe against the prime minister is in line with a conclusion with Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit due to deciding whether he would accuse him in several cases. rs has reasoned that if the prime minister goes to early elections and wins great, Mandelblit may hesitate to take action against him.

Netanyahu has denied irregularities in the case against him and claims he is a victim of a left wing who wants to bring down his conservative government. He is now also facing criticism from residents in southern I Israel, who believes that the government has not done enough to neutralize rocket fire and other threats from the Gaza Strip.

(redistribute lead adds Kahlon comments in the third and fourth paragraphs.) [19659022] – With the help of Gwen Ackerman.

To contact the journalists about this story: Michael S. Arnold in Tel Aviv at [email protected]; Amy Teibel in Jerusalem at [email protected]

To contact editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at [email protected], Mark Williams, Gwen Ackerman

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