Netanyahu says Liberman vetoed bid to add ultra-Orthodox parties to coalition

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
October 4, 2014 22:11

 
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wishes he could add Shas and United Torah Judaism to his governing coalition but Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman has vetoed them, Netanyahu revealed in a weekend interview with Channel 2's Amit Segal.

Netanyahu reached out to the haredi [ultra-Orthodox] parties in the interview, saying that when he ate at an unkosher restaurant in New York last week, he did not eat unkosher food. He said he is careful to not eat unkosher food even in private meals.

"I want a stable government and it is wrong to go to elections," he said.. "If the coalition continues, that would be good, but if problems continue, of course we will go to elections. I have always been in favor of widening the coalition."

Netanyahu has reportedly sent coalition chairman Yariv Levin and MK Ze'ev Elkin to try to make a deal with Yesh Atid in order to prevent problems with the party that will have one more seat than Likud in two weeks when retiring Likud minister Gideon Sa'ar is replaced by an MK from Yisrael Beytenu.

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