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Daily Israel Report

Coalition Chairman: Elections Danger to Right Wing

MK Ze'ev Elkin: "The current coalition is the most right-wing one that I can see on the horizon."
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/3/2012, 6:22 PM

MK Ze'ev Elkin
MK Ze'ev Elkin
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Coalition Chairman MK Ze'ev Elkin is not happy about the prospect of early elections, which he says endanger the right wing.

"We said something very simple all along the road," he told Arutz Sheva. "That the [Likud] party may have an interest in elections, but for the state elections are not the best thing, and I think that for the right wing they are not good."

"The current coalition is the most right-wing one that I can see on the horizon," he added. "I am afraid that the next coalition will be less nationalist, or that the specific weight of the nationalist forces within it will be less than what exists in this coalition."

Elkin explained that Yair Lapid's new party, Yesh Atid, and Kadima under Mofaz will join the coalition. In this constellation, the more nationalist elements will have less influence over matters than they do now.

The Coalition Chairman also said warned that the advantage of the right wing over the left in the Knesset could be eroded if votes are wasted on small parties. He recounted that a similar scenario occurred in 1992, when small nationalist parties failed to pass the threshold for entering the Knesset and the votes they received were lost. "The right won in 1992 but the man who became prime minister was Yitzchak Rabin and what happened afterward, everyone knows. This scenario must not repeat itself."

"Let the left and the Arabs splinter themselves," he called, "not the right."

He said that it is very important to make sure that within the Likud, the MKs chosen are from the more nationalist camp. Out of 30 Likud MKs in the next Knesset, he said, it is possible to place 20 people with a nationalist ideology.