Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with the heads of the parties in his
coalition over the last few days in an effort to stabilize his government, a
source close to the prime minister said Sunday.
Netanyahu’s coalition has
endured crises in recent weeks over diplomatic, civil, and parliamentary
Tension between Likud and Yesh Atid nearly boiled over last
The prime minister sought a renewed commitment to cooperate in
meetings with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali
Bennett, Hatnua head Tzipi Livni, and Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor
Netanyahu told them that he could not accept repeated
insubordination in the coalition.
The ministers reportedly promised to
bring their party in line and enable the passage of key legislation like the
referendum bill, electoral reforms and drafting yeshiva students.
prime minister has clashed with Lapid over diplomatic and economic policies and
Netanyahu’s plan to purchase an official plane for prime ministers and
When Lapid lowered income tax, Netanyahu wanted to be part of
his press conference, but Lapid declined because the prime minister did not come
when Lapid raised taxes.
Netanyahu’s ally, former finance minister Yuval
Steinitz, accused Lapid of deliberately misleading the public on Israel’s
national debt in an interview Saturday night. He even compared Lapid to the fake
sign-language interpreter during former South African leader Nelson Mandela’s
The dispute between Netanyahu and Lapid over the chairmanship of
the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee has not been resolved. But
disputes over controversial legislation like benefits for same sex parents are
expected to be worked out this week.
There will be an important meeting
of the heads of the factions in the Knesset on Tuesday to discuss matters of
religion and state. The focus of the meeting will be on recent problems between
Yesh Atid and Bayit Yehudi and between maverick Hatnua legislator Elazar Stern
and other MKs.