Netanyahu Warns He Will 'Draw Conclusions' if Cabinet Stays Disloyal

People close to the prime minister have said Israel is '98 percent into' an early election.

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Netanyahu and Lapid during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, November 10, 2014.
Netanyahu and Lapid during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, November 10, 2014.Credit: Mark Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he would "draw conclusions" if the “threats, dictates and resignation threats” by cabinet members continued, an apparent allusion to the calling of an early election.

“Unfortunately, not a day passes without threats, dictates and resignation threats, with ministers attacking the government and the prime minister,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

“I hope we return to proper functioning. That’s what the public expects of us, because that’s the only way possible to run a country. If not, we’ll draw conclusions.”

Netanyahu is expected to decide early this week whether to call a new election; a key factor is the stance of the three ultra-Orthodox parties in the Knesset. Netanyahu has asked them to support him or at least not join a coalition without his Likud party after an election.

But the leader of ultra-Orthodox party Shas, MK Aryeh Deri, has said his party would be loyal to Netanyahu before an election but wasn’t yet ready to talk about coalitions afterwards.

In attempts to ease tensions and forestall an election, Netanyahu has offered a compromise on the Jewish nation-state bill; he was expected to send out a memo to relevant ministries on this issue Sunday so it could be discussed in the Knesset or Ministerial Committee for Legislation next Sunday.

But over the weekend, tensions between Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid worsened, over issues including the nation-state bill.

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