It’s been in power a mere six months and already there is talk of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s current government collapsing and Israel being subjected to yet another early election.
“We will be a force to contend with in the 2016 elections – and I can say with full confidence there will be such elections,” declared former Foreign Minister and Yisrael Beiteinu party chief Avigdor Lieberman late last month.
Last week, Lieberman echoed that prediction, insisting that the next time Israelis vote, the outcome could look very different. “There are many alternatives to Netanyahu in the political system,” he told the ultra-Orthodox radio station Kol Barama. “Yisrael Beiteinu could reach twenty seats and become the ruling party.”
In separate remarks to the Knesset Channel, former Finance Minister and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid concurred. “This government’s days are short,” said Lapid. “The budget they have produced is one that indicates that they will no longer be in power in another year.”
The Hebrew press has been debating this topic and views early elections as a very real possibility. Netanyahu currently heads a narrow majority coalition of 61 out of 120 Knesset seats, and already a number of potential crises with coalition partners have threatened to leave “Bibi” with a minority of seats.
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