Top-ranking members of Israel’s governing coalition fear that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political maneuvering to bring in hardliner Avigdor Lieberman could lead to the coalition collapsing, sparking national elections within six months, the Times of Israel says, citing a Channel 10 report broadcast on Friday.
“Party leaders” apparently told Channel 10 that Netanyahu’s politicking “is likely to turn into a move that will destroy the coalition.”
Earlier on Friday, Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay of the center-right Kulanu party resigned his post in protest at Lieberman’s right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu joining the coalition. He became the second minister to quit the government in the last eight days, following former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s resignation Friday last week.
In a statement Gabbay said that “recent political steps and replacement of the defense minister are, in my view, a serious act that ignores what is best for the security of the state and will cause greater polarization among the people.”
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