Key coalition players agree on raising threshold to 4%
LAST UPDATED: 03/12/2013 21:57
Yesh Atid sources said Tuesday that Likud-Beytenu and Bayit Yehudi had agreed to the party's demand for a 4 percent threshold in the next election. Bayit Yehudi confirmed the report.
Such a move could put Arab parties and possibly also the haredi party United Torah Judaism in danger of being left out of the next Knesset.
Meretz leader Zehava Gal-on responded to reports on the topic saying that "new politics" is an expression of old tyranny and an attempt to prevent minorities the chance to grow and become a majority.
She asserted that her party opposes raising the threshold. "A threshold of 2.5% is high enough," she said. "Moreover, such a step would prevent representation of certain sectors of Israeli society."