Likud Officials: PM Must Intervene to Advance Coalition Talks


bibCoalition negotiations between Likud representatives and representatives from other parties are expected to continue this week following Pesach. According to a NRG report, Likud officials involved in talks are beginning to show signs of becoming impatient, signaling that until Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu becomes personally involved, a coalition agreement with the various parties will not be reached.

The report explains that until such time the players are informed which cabinet portfolios they will receive, the negotiators are unwilling to discuss the other matters including party demands and guidelines for entering a coalition. Some of the major issues surrounding cabinet posts include if Naftali Bennett will become foreign minister or will Avigdor Lieberman serve a second term. In addition, an air of mystery surrounds what portfolios will be given to Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party, and if Shas or Bayit Yehudi will receive the education portfolio. Yahadut Hatorah received a promise it would control the Knesset Finance Committee, but Kulanu officials insist this will not be so.

Yisrael Beitenu party leader Avigdor Lieberman accuses the prime minister of stalling while Bayit Yehudi party leader Naftali Bennett accuses the prime minister of not being genuine regarding his promise to make Bayit Yehudi a senior coalition partner. Some potential coalition partners feel the prime minister is still inclined to partnering with the Labor party to build a national unity coalition. Labor party leader Yitzchak Herzog stated he is not planning join a coalition headed by PM Netanyahu.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. A Gov’t ought to greater than the sum of it’s parts.

    On the Economic Front :

    a)Freeing up lands from the ILA for massive housing construction
    b)Breaking up the cartels and monopolies
    c)apportioning the revenue from the offshore oilfields for the greater good

    Obviously on the Religious and Security Fronts.

    A Gov’t ought to greater than the sum of it’s parts.

  2. Yahadut Hatorah ought to privately pledge to help the incoming Finance Minister as much as possible(, even though the job might be above his capability.)

    Gafne as probable Finance Comitte e chairman in particular.

    Here’s a segment of an article in Globes about Gafne:

    שר האוצר משה גפני
    אני מציע שבכל ממשלה שלא תקום ימונה שר אוצר חרדי

    “אני בעד שוק חופשי”, אמר משה גפני, “אבל בעד מתן סיוע בחינוך, בריאות ורווחה. לא הכול שוק חופשי. אני בעד תחרות במשק שתהיה לתועלת הציבור. מנגד, המדינה לא יכולה להתנער ממחויבויותיה כלפי אזרחיה”. מי לא חותם על זה?

    רבב לא דבק בו. בסך הכול גפני הוא מחוקק רגיש, חברתי וסביבתי. עברתי על החקיקה שלו והרגשתי שהוא נלחם בשבילי. גם בשביל הציבור שלו, כמובן, וזה בסדר. אפשר למצוא אותו במאבק על הגז, בטיפול בתכנוני המס האגרסיביים, במאבק נגד תספורות ומול העסקה קבלנית, נלחם להפחתת דמי הניהול, להגבלת שכר בכירים. הוא בעד עסקים קטנים ובעד הפריפריה, תומך בחלשים. הוא יודע לעבוד בצוות, הוא אדם מתון מדינית. מה יש לומר.

    משה גפני יכול להיות אחלה בתור שר האוצר הבא של מדינת ישראל.

    דרור פויר

    The worrisome alternative:nostalgia for his predecessor

  3. On the the ‘Draft’ negotiations:

    Everyone will appreciate if the Draft is shortened in a gradual plan.

    Ariel Sharon proposed to Ben Gurion in 1959
    to significantly shorten of conscription !!

    Lapid ym”sh also recommended to cut the Draft from 3 to 2.5 years.

    Possible Plan:
    Mid-2016:Draft will be cut to 2.5 years.
    Mid-2018: Draft will be cut to 2 years(equal to the women)
    Mid-2020: Draft will be cut 17 months (equal to Hesder)