Eli Yishai and Benjamin Netanyahu
Eli Yishai and Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset. Photo by Emil Salman
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Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) said Thursday during a meeting with that the “time is ripe for an upheaval in the coalition” in order to solve the ongoing social crisis that has rocked the country over the past month.

Yishai has repeatedly stated that his party will leave the government coalition if no solution is to be found.

As opposed to Yishai, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) threw his support behind the government’s policies, calling Israel an “island of stability” in comparison to the ongoing riots occurring across Britain.

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“Although there are many problems that need fixing, there are many things to be proud of” Lieberman stated.

Lieberman went on to reject media claims that he spent thousands of shekels on dinner during the protest on Saturday, stating that “the media has to check itself, their coverage of the protest is very one-sided and brutal”.

When asked whether he had thought about not going out for an expensive dinner as people protested across Israel on Saturday, he answered that “I think that being an opportunist is the last thing that is needed (in the protest). I don’t intend to change my life only because of this. I see people at the different protests and I see that they are opportunists, along for the ride.”