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  2/9/2012, Shevat 16, 5772

Elkin: Gov't Should be Commended for Reaching 3 Years


Coalition Chairman MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) told Arutz Sheva on Thursday that the government should be commended for its three years in office.

“It’s certainly unusual,” he said. “We’ve gotten used to the fact that in the last twenty years, elections are held after less than three years. This time we have a stable Knesset with a strong coalition. Right now the official date of the next election is October 2013.”

Elkin added that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition is strong and very solid. “If you look at Olmert's previous coalition, it was bigger. But our advantage is that the coalition is unified on political issues, except for the Independence Party which is a small component. I would of course be happy to see the National Union in the coalition, but overall there is almost unanimity among the coalition's partners, even though there are disagreements in areas related to religion and state, and economic and social issues,”