Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the evening of March 12 at the plenary session in the Knesset at the request of the «Zionist camp» has collected 40 signatures of MPs, who demanded his presence. The meeting was devoted to the crisis in the government and the investigations carried out in relation to the head of the government.
«Today is a critical day in Israeli politics. We don’t have to come to this day. Our government successfully operates in a variety of areas — security, economy, social sphere. People see these successes and evaluate them on merit. I have never felt such support. If there are elections, we will fight and win. But the election yet. It’s late but not too late. We must do everything possible to save the coalition. The government cannot operate based on 61 seats. Everyone saw that this is impossible,» he said, then turning to the opposition parties.
«You have a little more serious to the citizens of the country. What do you they not only talked about the activities of government. But the society is able to share your endless complaints and my business. So time after time people decide to leave you in opposition, and I was sent to lead the country. And you know it. Why is almost unbelievable — the opposition does not want elections, the opposition did not submit the law on the dissolution of the Knesset. The simple truth is that the opposition wants the government continued to work. The opposition is afraid of elections, because he knows what will be the verdict of voters…,» said Netanyahu.
«I want to reiterate to colleagues in the coalition. I encourage them, first and foremost the Minister of defense and Lieberman heads the ultra-Orthodox factions to show responsibility. The country needs a stable coalition, which will continue to work. This all needs to come down to earth. You need to make an effort to save the coalition. And this force we will take the short night», — concluded the head of government.
During Netanyahu’s speech from the hall was removed Michal Rozin (MERETZ).
Avigdor Lieberman, Naftali Bennett, Ayelet shaked and Moshe Kahlon was not present at the meeting.
During the meeting, Netanyahu pulled out from the book, which came. The head of the party «Yesh Atid» Yair Lapid ironically said that no one in the government does not believe that Netanyahu actually read the book.
During the meeting, Knesset member Yaron Mazus from party «Likud» engage in verbal sparring with members Tamar Zandberg «(MERETZ) and Ahmad Tibi (United Arab list). Sparring with Chibi almost ended in a brawl.
At the end of the meeting a vote was held. 53 deputies supported the statement made by the Prime Minister, 47 — voted «against.»