Amid increasing signals that seem to point towards an imminent collapse of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s governing coalition, chareidi lawmakers claimed Sunday to have been approached by politicians and businessmen, who urged the chareidi parties to join in forming an alternative government headed by Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid and Labor party leader Isaac Herzog.
MKs Yaakov Litzman and Moshe Gafni, both members of the United Torah Judaism party, said that in recent weeks they rejected two offers to join the putative center-left-leaning coalition, which would hypothetically replace Netanyahu’s current ruling government.
Litzman added that one of the offers was issued to him by a businessman affiliated with Lapid, whose party is currently in the coalition, while the second offer came from a “political figure,” Israel Radio reported. Litzman did not provide any further details as to the identity of the two individuals.
Over the past weeks, Netanyahu has faced growing pressure from the center-left members of his coalition, who have voiced criticism over his handling of the collapsed peace process with the Palestinians. Several coalition members were also sour over the prime minister’s failed efforts to relieve tensions with Arab Israeli citizens.
Inter-coalition tensions spiked Sunday, as Netanyahu announced that he would override Justice Minister Tzipi Livni’s surprise decision to abruptly cancel, mid-session, a ministerial debate on a contentious bill that would enshrine Israel as a Jewish state.
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