´Hold elections as soon as possible´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Published: 04.30.12, 10:55)
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Foreign Minister and Yisrael Beiteinu Chair Lieberman says moving up
elections necessary as current political climate paralyzes
government; adds: Current coalition is built for compromises not
"If we´re going to hold early elections then let´s have them sooner
rather than later," Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Ynet on
Lieberman seemed unfazed by the growing speculations that the general
elections may be moved up, saying that Yisrael Beiteinu was "more
"We´re heading for an election, that´s been made clear. The only
question now is when," he said.
"If the decision has been made, we should hold the elections as soon
as possible. Once the momentum has been built there´s no point in
holding off. The entire governmental system is paralyzed. It´s bad
for the economy."
Lieberman dismissed reports suggesting he has been pushing for early
elections due to his own legal affairs. "It has nothing to do with
it… One thing has nothing to do with the other – not directly, not
indirectly and not telepathically."
The foreign minister, who has pushed for maintaining the Coalition´s
stability, now believes that the government has no choice but to call
for early elections.
"It´s hard to push for the necessary changes in the budget and on Tal
Law like this. It´s getting harder to compromise… from the beginning
we sought to form the government with the Likud and Kadima, so we can
make certain decisions on issues like religion and state, method of
government etc., but the current Coalition is built for many
compromises and little decision.
"We were hoping for compromises but it just didn’t happen. No one is
to blame for the situation," Lieberman said.
As for why Yisrael Beiteinu failed to resign from the government over
various issued Lieberman had previously stated were cardinal, the
foreign minister said that "The trick is to find the balance between
our obligations to the voters and our obligations to the Coalition.
"We had to compromise vis-à-vis our coalitional partners. It´s a
constant balancing act and I think we did well."
Lieberman is convinced that his party will only gain strength in the
coming elections: "(The elections) will see two large parties that
will anchor the Coalition. I´m sure many parties will want to be part
of it, including Mofaz and Lapid. We´ll have options." (Copyright
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