Key coalition players agree on raising threshold to 4%

March 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."

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