Yisrael Beiteinu: Coalition Deal Won't Be Signed Thursday

MK Stas Misezhnikov says there still remain unresolved issues in negotiations with Likud.

Yisrael Beiteinu's chief negotiator announced on Thursday that the party would not sign a coalition agreement with Likud that day because there still remained unresolved issues in talks between the two parties.

MK Stas Misezhnikov made the comments upon entry to a meeting with Likud officials in Ramat Gan.

A Yisrael Beiteinu source said Wednesday that, "Some issues pertaining to state and religious affairs and changing the government system are still open. Signing the agreement depends on Likud's answers."

According to the coalition agreement being drated, Yisrael Beiteinu will receive five portfolios: Foreign Affairs for its chairman Avigdor Lieberman, as well as Justice, Public Security, Infrastructures and Tourism.

Despite this achievement, Yisrael Beiteinu has backed down from many of its demands on issues of state and religion. At first the party demanded toppling Hamas' rule in Gaza; a civil marriage law; solving the conversion problem; and setting up an absorption ministerial committee.

It has apparently agreed not to enact a civil marriage law but to accept a proposal that would allow non-Jews to marry among themselves. At the same time a committee will be set up to seek solutions for all the people who are not permitted to marry under Jewish law.