Rumors abound that parties may quit Israel´s new coalition government (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Jonathan Lis 05/10/12)
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The Knesset was rife with speculation on Wednesday that one or more
parties will either quit the new, expanded coalition or be ousted.
The parties seen as most likely to jump ship are Yisrael Beiteinu,
which objects to the court-ordered demolition of Beit El´s Ulpana
neighborhood, and the ultra-Orthodox parties, which are likely to
object to a planned new law requiring yeshiva students to do some
form of national service. If so, Kadima would likely inherit the
ministries those parties now control.
MK Uri Ariel (National Union ) added fuel to the speculative fire
during a speech to the plenum, when he said that according to
information he has received, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans
to transfer the chairmanship of the Knesset Constitution Committee
from Yisrael Beiteinu to Kadima - a move the former would certainly
not accept quietly. Other Knesset sources familiar with the unwritten
agreement between Likud and Kadima claimed that Netanyahu promised
Kadima several ministries currently held by other parties.
"If Netanyahu were to reveal the identity of those ministries today,
it would shake or even shatter his coalition," said one. "That´s why
he´s concealing the information."
Senior Kadima MKs said they have been unable to extract any
information on this subject from party leader Shaul Mofaz. Yisrael
Beiteinu MKs did not show up for yesterday´s vote approving the
coalition agreement with Kadima. But party leader Avigdor Lieberman
insisted that he fully supports the unity government. (© Copyright
2012 Ha´aretz 05/10/12)
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