Netanyahu: Shas, Israel Beiteinu must quit

Netanyahu urges parties to leave gov't; says concessions in talks will harm our security.

Netanyahu pouts like a chimp 248.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Netanyahu pouts like a chimp 248.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu criticized Shas and Israel Beiteinu on Monday for remaining in the coalition while it was negotiating with the Palestinian Authority. "The parties in the coalition from the nationalist camp, Shas and Israel Beiteinu, our friends, understand the dangers. I call upon them to reach the necessary conclusions and stop these processes by leaving the government immediately," Netanyahu said. He added that "these concessions will harm Israel's security and future, and this lays a grave responsibility on the shoulders of those parties which remain in the coalition." "Until now the unilateral negotiations were tactical. But from today, [they're] not tactical, they are strategic and they affect our national security," he added. "The Olmert government has conceded on the first stage of the road map, which conditioned the start of negotiations on a complete cessation of terror," he stated, adding that the government would also relinquish half of Jerusalem and withdraw to the 1967 borders.