MK Michael Eitan of Likud on Monday said that it is not always better to have a bigger government, referring to the Labor party's withdrawal from the government earlier in the day.
Speaking at a Knesset hearing on a no-confidence motion put forward by Kadima, UAL-Ta'al, Hadash, and Balad, Eitan said: "Until now, the coalition had 74 members, and as a result of the Labor Party split, we are expected to have a coalition of 66 members. The question is whether 66 members in a coalition can make the coalition stronger and better from one that has 74 members. A coalition of 66 members is even stronger than one with 74 and together we will lead Israel to its future destinations."
He added that Labor Party members, who quit the party, voted several times against the government's position. In the context of the coalition's future, when there are ministers who do not see eye to eye on the prime minister's leadership, and do not accept the pace with which he is leading the peace process, and they do not keep their doubts to themselves or coordinate them with the prime minister's....it is therefore better that they resign from the government."