It is unclear if Yisrael Beitenu will enter the coalition as talks continue as the Wednesday 17 Iyar deadline approached. Avigdor Lieberman is demanding the continue serving as foreign minister and the Ministry of Aliyah & Absorption for Sofia Landver but Lieberman during the elections announced he would not enter into a coalition with the chareidim.
With Yahadut Hatorah on board and Shas likely to follow, it leaves Lieberman in a predicament with his voters, who will now see if his word is good.
Some predict that if Lieberman goes to the opposition, he is likely to fade form the political map in the next election. If he does not enter the coalition, a coalition made up of Likud (30), Kulanu (10), Bayit Yehudi (8), Shas (7) and Yahadut Hatorah (6) would only have a one seat majority in the 120-seat Knesset. Some feel if this is the case, the incoming coalition will last less time than the 19th Knesset which only ran out about half of its four-year term.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)