Netanyahu to Lapid: Stop Criticizing the Government

December 1, 2014  

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday evening met one on one with Finance Minister Yair Lapid amid the ongoing crisis in the coalition.

During the meeting, Netanyahu told Lapid that the coalition cannot continue as long as Lapid and members of his Yesh Atid party constantly attack the government of which they themselves are members.

The Prime Minister then set five conditions to Lapid that he must meet in order for the coalition to continue functioning:

  • To stop attacking the coalition, including his criticism of Israel’s construction in Jerusalem and its relationship with the United States.
  • To transfer 6 billion shekels to the defense budget for training purposes, as well as for development of Iron Dome systems and armored personnel carriers.
  • To release the budget for the IDF’s move to the Negev as previously agreed. On Sunday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon froze the project, saying the Treasury had reneged on its promise to transfer the funds.
  • To support Netanyahu’s version of the Jewish State Law, based on the principles presented by the Prime Minister at Sunday’s cabinet meeting.
  • To freeze the 0% VAT bill that Lapid has been trying to pass.

Analysts believe that the conditions are nearly impossible for Lapid to fulfill, particularly the fifth one which calls for him to freeze the 0% VAT bill which he has been pushing, and that therefore early elections are inevitable.

Monday’s meeting came after a series of crises between Netanyahu and his coalition partners, particularly Lapid.

The never-ending disagreements have led to speculations that Netanyahu might dissolve the Knesset or form some sort of alliance with the hareidi parties.

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