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Likud officials threaten new elections in Israel as coalition talks falter

Monday 20/May/2019 - 09:21 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Time running out for the prime minister، who has just eight days to cobble together his new government; PM says small parties are making exaggerated demands، facing growing criticism within his own party about planned immunity law، Ynet said
With time running out، unnamed Likud officials have warned that the party could declare a dead-end in coalition negotiations due to unreasonable demands and call for fresh elections، less than two months after the country went to the polls on April 9.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has until May 28 to form the next government. He has already received his one-off 14-day extension from President Reuven Rivlin.
However، Netanyahu is yet to sign a deal with any party، and has declared that negotiations are stuck. He also said that the smaller parties "need to climb down from the tree،" since they are making exaggerated demands.
Not signing a single deal with a coalition partner this late into negotiations is unprecedented in Israeli political history.
The terms issued by the small parties include a demand to give the Justice Ministry to the Union of Right-Wing Parties. This faction include supporters of extremist rabbi Meir Kahane، whose own Kach party was outlawed by Israel.

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