While chareidi parties in Knesset are working to amend the draft bill, hoping a version acceptable to Gedolei Yisrael Shlita will pass in Knesset, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, who chairs the Kulanu party, does not see a solution in sight.
Like the Yisrael Beitenu and Yesh Atid parties, which both backed the bill in its first reading, he remains opposed to the proposed changes and he is aware the draft bill may be the deal breaker that brings down the coalition. He feels a solution to this is unlikely, and he does not see the current administration completing its term in office.
The senior minister made his remarks during the Kalkalist Forum. During a subsequent interview, he was asked about the draft law. He explained “I surmise it will be difficult to overcome the crisis and therefore, elections will take place between January and March.”
He added that if the crisis surrounding the draft law is resolved, it will be possible to continue to the end of the coalition’s term, November 2019.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)