Member of Knesset Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home party urged cooperation after strong words from a Shas party MK. "In recent years, we joined in many areas together such as committees and legislation and will continue to work in cooperation," MK Ariel stated. Earlier on Wednesday MK Yitzchak Vaknin of Shas criticized the Jewish Home party. The tension comes in midst of the ongoing negotiations for the government coalition which is now in a special 2-week overtime period. Although both parties were members of the previous coalition, in the 19th Knesset the ruling Likud-Beiteinu faction may be forced to choose between the two.