Lieberman, Katz speak out against breaking up current coalition

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz spoke out today against the option of Israel returning to the polling stations due to the dispute concerning the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation. “There’s no reason to break up the current coalition,” said Lieberman.
Avigdor Lieberman Photo Credit: Assaf Binder/Roni Berger/Channel 2 News

In light of the crisis within the coalition due to the debate concerning the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke out against the possibility of the country holding another election. “I think that every intelligent person understands that this is the last thing that Israel needs right now,” he said.

“I hope that by the time the prime minister returns from China, such a compromise that will allow the coalition to function normally will be reached,” Lieberman added. “There’s no reason to break up the current coalition.”

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However, Economy Minister Eli Cohen (Kulanu), who is accompanying the prime minister on his trip to China, said that his political party is not afraid of another election. “We’re seeing that this is a saga with ups and downs that has been going on for several months,” Cohen said. “We thought that understandings had been established but now we see that there’s another chapter. We are not afraid of an election. We don’t have primaries but we have achievements.”

Earlier today, Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz criticized the possibility of ending the current coalition. “Over a media dispute you don’t hold an election,” he said during an interview with Israel’s Army Radio. “Creating an atmosphere of an election is inappropriate. There was never any decision within the Likud about these topics. There are many topics that need to be dealt with and handled and there are no major disputes within the coalition.”



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