At the Likud faction meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu gave an update about the latest developments in the coalition negotiations with Yisrael Beiteinu and said that he hopes that the Israeli government will expand within the next few days: “I suggest not to get caught up in mood swings and irritability.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu Flash 90/Channel 2 News

Today (Monday) at the Likud faction meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned the coalition negotiations between the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu parties, saying that “we will work to expand the government and we are doing so to lead in security and the economy. We need the broadest possible government. It was always my goal and I hope that we will actualize it within the next few days.”

“In negotiations there are ups and downs. We need to do the things that will allow us to lead Israel our way,” said Netanyahu. “It requires effort and there are always crises and explosions and ‘everything always collapses’ – nothing is collapsing. The goal is a broadened government and I suggest not to get caught up in mood swings and irritability.”

Before the Likud faction party, Yisrael Beiteinu also held a faction meeting. At the opening of the faction meeting, Avigdor Lieberman, who is Chairman of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and who is expected to be appointed as Israel’s Defense Minister, mentioned the dead end coalition negotiations. “We still have not reached an agreement about the pension issue and we are waiting for an alternative proposal. Our demands have been consistent since the elections,” said Lieberman.

At HaBayit HaYehudi’s faction meeting the party’s chairman, Naftali Bennett, repeated the threat he made earlier in the day, in which he said that if there is no change in the Cabinet, his party will not approve Lieberman entering the government.

“Over the past two and a half years, I turned to the Prime Minister several times with this demand, including coalition negotiations,” said Bennett. “Unfortunately, nothing progressed. Therefore, last night I sent a demand to the Prime Minister for implementing a plan to correct flaws in the Cabinet, as a vital necessity to Israel’s security and to maintain the security of Israel’s citizens and IDF soldiers.”