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Netanyahu Says Coalition Turmoil Undermining Good Governance

Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 09:05 AM

Coalition differences are making it increasingly difficult to govern, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today, indicating he may call early elections if ministers don’t fall in line.

“We need government stability and well-ordered conduct,” Netanyahu said in remarks to Cabinet broadcast on Army Radio. “Regrettably, this is not what we have here recently.”

Netanyahu spoke after Finance Minister Yair Lapid criticized the government as dysfunctional. “Everything is stuck and the prime minister just stands on the sidelines,” Lapid said in Tel Aviv yesterday. “Housing is stuck, the budget is stuck and our international relations are deteriorating.”

A Jewish nation-state bill intended to enshrine Israel’s Jewish character in law, opposed by both Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, exacerbated already existing tensions within the ruling coalition, which includes parties with conflicting views on peacemaking and other issues.

“We won’t bow to dictates, threats, threats of resignation or ultimatums,” Netanyahu said today. “I hope we can return to proper governance, which is what the public expects and is the only way to run a country. If not, we will draw conclusions.”

The government, formed in March 2013, hasn’t reached the midpoint of its four-year term.

A poll published in Haaretz today found that the 77 percent of Israelis satisfied with Netanyahu at the height of fighting with Hamas in August declined to 38 percent last week. Nearly half the respondents said Netanyahu shouldn’t run for a fourth term.

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At the same time, the poll found that if elections were held today, Netanyahu would likely be able to form another coalition. His Likud party and its traditional partners -- religious parties and factions that take a hard line on concessions to the Palestinians -- would win enough seats to form a parliamentary majority. The poll of 535 people had a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points,

Labor party head Isaac Herzog said yesterday on Channel 10 television that his faction would be able to put together a centrist bloc after elections, offering an alternative to a Netanyahu government.

Hundreds of people, including members of Herzog’s party, rallied against the government in Jerusalem yesterday in the first such protest of its size since Netanyahu was re-elected almost two years ago.

“The State of Israel is led by a group of pyromaniacs and headed by an egomaniac leading it toward final destruction,” the Ynet website quoted Carmi Gillon, a former head of the Shin Bet intelligence agency, as saying at the rally.

 

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