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Netanyahu Not Discounting New Elections, Likud Says

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not discounted the possibility of calling new elections, Likud sources say, according to the Israeli publication, Ma'ariv.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his weekly cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his weekly cabinet meeting.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not discounted the possibility of holding new elections, senior sources in the Likud-Beitenu faction say, according to the Israeli publication, Ma’ariv.

Netanyahu has had a hard time forming a government because of the feud between the Yesh Atid and Jewish Home parties on the one hand, who desire a universal draft policy, and Haredi parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, who want to maintain the status quo in which the vast majority of Haredim do not serve, pursuant to an exemption for yeshiva students.

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid and Jewish Home chairman Naftalli Bennett have reportedly agreed to enter or stay out of the government as a bloc. The two parties comprise 31 Knesset Members between them, and Netanyahu will not practically be able to form a coalition with out them.

Forming a coalition with them will not be easy either, as Shas and UTJ would not join due Yesh Atid and Jewish Home’s insistence on a universal draft plan. In that case, Netanyahu would likely have to include Tzipi Livni, and possibly also Kadima to form a stable coalition of seventy seats.

The possibility of new elections is only the latest in public posturing by the various parties engaged in coalition negotiations.

By law Netanyahu has 28 days to form a government which has the backing of the Knesset and can ask for an extension of 14 days. If Netanyahu cannot form a coalition by then, the President would then ask another Member of Knesset to form a government, who would then have fourteen days to form a government. If a government could not still not be formed, new elections would have to be held.

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2 Responses to “Netanyahu Not Discounting New Elections, Likud Says”

  1. Batya Spiegelman Medad says:

    Unless enough parties are willling to seriously negotiate and compromise, new elections will be soon. I've blogged it many times http://shilohmusings.blogspot.co.il/2013/02/instead-of-picking-logo-for-obama-visit.html.

  2. I think that when the goyim do something that works, we should look at it carefully. The voters have been heard. The coalition negotiation process is not going to ask us anymore what we think, for better or worse. So why not eliminate all the journalistic speculation by doing the negotiations in seclusion the way the Catholics choose a pope? Find some out of the way kibbutz guest house and put all 120 Knesset members and a few staff members there until something is decided. No cellphones and no interviews. Cut down the frustration and stupidity and probably shorten the process. Directors general can manage the government for a week or two. In emergencies the responsible people can be summoned. People will get bored and it will be over fast when they do nothing else all day.

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