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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called his ministers to order in Sunday’s
cabinet meeting, urging them to put their differences aside on behalf of their
In a speech to the Knesset last Wednesday, Netanyahu
downplayed recent conflicts among the parties in his coalition, calling the
conflicts “birth pangs” of his new government.
But at the insistence of
coalition chairman Yariv Levin, Netanyahu scolded his ministers on
“In order to face the challenges [on diplomatic and security
issues] and many other challenges ahead, the government must function as a
whole,” Netanyahu said. “The citizens of Israel chose us so we could focus on
getting big things done and not on little, narrow political interests, and that
is what we will do.”
Netanyahu boasted that since the formation of his
government in March, it already had many accomplishments, including passing the
state budget in the cabinet, the so-called “open skies” air-travel reform,
agreeing on a framework for equalizing the burden of service, and extending
But during that same time, the parties inside Netanyahu’s
coalition also bickered intensely on the budget, matters of religion and state,
and how to change the electoral system.
Differences of opinion on
diplomatic issues are expected to come out over the next two weeks, especially
if US Secretary of State John Kerry unveils a new diplomatic plan.
MK Amram Mitzna, who is one of the most dovish politicians in Netanyahu’s
coalition, said Sunday that his party would leave the coalition if there is not
significant progress toward a peace agreement with the Palestinians in the