Yuval Steinitz 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file[)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz late
Tuesday night in an effort to end their disagreement over the budget allocations
for Israel Beiteinu’s ministries.
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The meeting came a day after Lieberman
blasted the Finance Ministry at a Knesset press conference, accusing its top
officials of conspiring against his party as part of a political
Both sides expressed optimism that a compromise could be worked
out between Lieberman’s representatives and Finance Ministry officials that
would persuade Lieberman to allow his party’s ministers to vote for the budget
in the Knesset after they opposed it in the cabinet.
It was the second
night in a row that Lieberman had a late-night meeting intended to
dispute. He convened with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday
a meeting described by both sides as positive.
and Lieberman declined to reveal contents of the conversation, which was
one-onone at the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem.
has come out that Netanyahu and Lieberman agreed to form a committee to
their differences over Israel Beiteinu MK David Rotem’s controversial
bill, which will not come to a vote on Wednesday, the last Knesset
before a lengthy recess that ends in October.
decided that Lieberman would play a larger role in the peace process and
participate in deliberations over how to advance the process with
Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
Spokesmen for Netanyahu and
declined to confirm the report.