As the Clock Ticks Down, Likud Threatening Netanyahu May Call New Elections

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The Likud threatened that the prime minister was considering new elections due to stalled coalition negotiations, saying that “if Netanyahu does not advance toward signing an agreement, he will consider the move”.

In the context of stalled coalition negotiations, senior Likud officials said Monday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is considering new elections if there is no significant progress in the coming days.

According to the report in Yediot Achronot, the party “does not rule out the possibility of announcing a deadlock in the coalition negotiations and deciding on new elections. If Netanyahu does not advance toward signing an agreement, he will consider it.”

Sources close to Netanyahu added that he would no longer conduct negotiations with other parties in order to form the government, due to the repeated demands of the factions.

On Sunday, at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu commented that the demands of the parties seeking to enter the coalition are extreme, expressing hope that they will soon return to reality.

At the same time, cabinet ministers approved the proposed bill to expand the government, eliminating the ceiling limiting the number of ministers in the next government to 19 was abolished. The proposal was be presented to the Knesset House Committee on Monday, convened by MK Miki Zohar, to expedite the process to have the matter approved later in the day in the Knesset plenum.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)