Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that coalition partners had ‘impossible’ demands and that clashes between them continue.
“The parties are making impossible demands. One party has requested four positions and budgetary demands that we don’t have,” Netanyahu said.
With time running out for Netanyahu to secure the support of 61 MKs for the next government, the Prime Minister is pressuring the charedi parties partners to relax their demands, enabling the Prime Minister to bring former Defense Minister Avidgor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party into the next government. The two groups have fought over a number of issues, including Shabbos laws and the giyus.
A planned meeting between Likud and Yahadut HaTorah was canceled and rescheduled in protest of the chillul Shabbos due to the Eurovision contest taking place in Tel Aviv this weekend.
On Wednesday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on accepted Netanyahu’s request to extend the deadline to form the next government by two weeks, giving the incumbent premier until May 29 to finalize his new cabinet.
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