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MK Levin: Governing will be Difficult

Likud MK sees tough times ahead, because Likud's coalition partners will have too much leverage.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/23/2013, 9:43 PM

MK Yariv Levin
MK Yariv Levin
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MK Yariv Levin (Likud / Yisrael Beytenu) voiced disappointment with the result of the elections and predicted that the next coalition will have a difficult time governing Israel.

"The Prime Minister has received a mandate to form a government," he told Arutz Sheva, "but on the other hand, there is no doubt that the attempt to create a union with Yisrael Beytenu, so that we have a broad governing party, did not receive enough support. It turns out that most of Israel's citizens prefer sectoral insularity over ability to govern."

"We wanted to take care of all of the issues, including the issue of equality in the burden of service, with a wide-ranging view and with agreement. Unfortunately, we will now have to reach decisions due to extortion," he said – a hint that Yesh Atid will force Likud / Yisrael Beytenu to take harsh measures against hareidim in order to make them serve in the military.

Levin thinks the coalition will be stable, but not very effective. "I have no doubt that Yair Lapid is no less interested than us in entering the government," he explained. "He will want to realize his accomplishment, which may not happen again. The same is true for Bayit Yehudi and other parties."

"The problem is not so much with stability but with the ability to make decisions without coming under extortion. It is hard to take steps when you need to reach agreements with a long line of parties…. Every party can bring down the government and as a result, the bargaining ability is large."

MK Levin estimated that protecting the settlement enterprise will also be difficult. "The ruling party will be completely dependent on Yair Lapid and he will certainly not fight for the settlement enterprise."

Levin said that continuing the struggle to reform the judicial system will also be difficult – and that this includes implementing the Levy Report.