Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz dismissed comments earlier Monday by Kadima officials that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had experienced a “no confidence” vote because his cabinet had failed to approve the Trachtenberg Committee report at the cabinet meeting that adjourned Monday evening. The discussion will continue next week, Netanyahu said.
Steinitz said that there had been many times in the past, in the current and past governments, when an issue required further discussion and was not approved immediately. “Let's not get carried away,” Steinitz said. “There were dozens of instances where there was not an immediate majority in the cabinet for a certain measure. The Prime Minister will continue to speak to his coalition partners, and I am sure that he will achieve a majority,” he added.