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Coalition in crisis: Kahlon against Netanyahu, Bennet against Lieberman

A week before the completion of the winter session of the Knesset coalition government was facing a series of internal conflicts.

The most pressing at the moment is the conflict between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kachanom.
March 15, speaking to MPs and Ministers from the coalition, the Prime Minister reiterated the proposal to postpone the beginning of work of the new Corporation, the radio and television and to reconsider the fact of its creation. «I am against the creation of the Corporation. It’s not too late to correct and to revive the life of the Management of radio and television,» said Netanyahu. These words, uttered in the course of the evening, organized by MP David Bitanem with the goal of «uniting the ranks of the coalition», have infuriated approximate Moshe Kahlon. «Netanyahu uses Kahlon, to entrust him with the entire responsibility for the dismissal of employees of the Department. This is a cynical trick that applies Netanyahu is not the first time» – say entourage of the Minister of Finance.

The Corporation should begin its work April 30. To transfer this date to change the law. The tenth channel ITV reported yesterday that the Prime Minister intends to seek the convening of extraordinary meetings of the Knesset during the period of parliamentary recess.

March 16, Yossi verter published in the newspaper «Haaretz» about the fact that Moshe Kahlon has refused to join Netanyahu during upcoming visit to China. Last week met the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, says Werther, and in that meeting accused Kahlon Netanyahu in handling. «I left the Likud, I’m not your second number and not the third. You can’t afford the constant manipulation. When there are achievements, you’re right there, and when difficulties arise, you disappear,» said Kahlon for Prime Minister.

At the same time a conflict flares up between the head of the party «Bayt Yehudi» Naftali Bennett and defense Minister, the leader of Yisrael Beiteinu Avigdor Lieberman. The defense Minister threatened to withdraw funding pedormance preparatory school in the village of Eli if its leader, Rabbi Yigal Loewenstein will not resign. The reason for this was the speech of Rabbi Levinstein, in which a sharp and, according to many, insulting manner spoke against the service of women in the IDF. In response to the resignation of Rabbi Levinstein the head of the «Bayt Yehudi» Naftali Bennett called on the defense Minister to «stop manipulating, using the army and soldiers for political purposes».

Agriculture Minister URI Ariel («Bayt Yehudi») is also called on Lieberman to stop the persecution of Rabbi Levinstein. Ariel sent a letter to the head of the defense Ministry, in which he called the unacceptable persecution of religious leaders for their beliefs. URI Ariel said that Avigdor Lieberman holds the post of Minister of defense, not a «Commissar of security.»

In response, the Minister of defense issued the following statement: «Bennett defends someone who is trying to turn Israel into Iran. We can’t let that happen».

On the agenda is the creation of settlements for residents of the Outpost of Amona. The problem is still not resolved, and, as it became known in the party «Bayt Yehudi» weigh the opportunity to cease cooperation with the coalition if the construction will not be approved.

March 16, in Jerusalem will host the second meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jason Greenblatt, special envoy of the President of the United States. It is expected that during this meeting, decisions will be made on the agreed parameters of the construction in the settlements in Judea and Samaria. Sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed: «the US does not give Israel complete freedom in regard to construction and we will have to make certain restrictions». It is unknown how it will react in the party «Bayt Yehudi».

March 17 will be two years from the date of the elections to the Knesset, 20th convocation. At the moment, no one faction of the coalition is not threatening to withdraw from the government and the collapse of the coalition. However, in the political system, increasingly there are suggestions that the elections to the Knesset of 21st convocation will take place no later than March 2018.

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Coalition in crisis: Kahlon against Netanyahu, Bennet against Lieberman 16.03.2017

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