Far-Right Israeli Government ‘At Risk of Collapse,’ as Electorate feels Buyer’s Remorse

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The right-wing coalition may collapse if the Zionist Union fails to join the government.

A key Israeli minister said Thursday that the government is at risk of collapsing if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s narrow coalition is not enlarged soon.

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Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s comments came amid claims that talks have taken place between Netanyahu and the opposition Zionist Union on joining the coalition, which currently holds a one-seat majority in parliament.

Speculation over such a move began shortly after elections in March 2015, but there have been claims in recent days of fresh negotiations.

Netanyahu’s government is one of the most rightwing in Israel’s history and its razor-thin majority has left it little room for manoeuvre.

Kahlon told local media that the Zionist Union — an opposition coalition led by Labor — was on the verge of joining the government, but discussions were frozen in late March when Labor leader Isaac Herzog was linked to a preliminary investigation into party financing.

A recent poll showed that the current coalition would lose its majority if elections were held today.

But some analysts say that right-wing and religious members of the government would be reluctant to leave the coalition since they currently wield significant power.

via TeleSur

3 Responses

  1. “………but discussions were frozen in late March when Labor leader Isaac Herzog was linked to a preliminary investigation into party financing.”

    Leader of the Opposition Herzog has claimed that the corruption investigation in question had its origin in Likud Party activists trying to discredit him:

    link to jewishnews.co.uk

    link to thejc.com

    The right-wing Jewish Homeland Party of Avigdor Lieberman is NOT part of the Netanyahu coalition and that is the chief reason that there is only a 61-seat coalition majority in the current Knesset. Lieberman’s party leaders have also been under a corruption investigation that was made public shortly before the last Knesset election; this investigation had been labeled political by Jewish Homeland Party leaders and was credit with Likud being the beneficiary of crossover voting at the expense of Lieberman’s party in the last Knesset election.

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