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Opposition Parties Predict Short Life for New Government

MK Deri: “See you at the elections, it will not be a long time from now.”
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 3/14/2013, 2:13 AM

Aryeh Deri
Aryeh Deri
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As the Likud, Yesh Atid and Bayit Yehudi met on Wednesday night to finalize the coalition agreement, the Knesset parties which will remain in the opposition predicted a short life for the new government.

MK Aryeh Deri, one of the leaders of the Shas party, wrote on his Facebook page, “I can guarantee with certainty that in the coming years, the opposition in Israel will play a key role. See you at the elections, it will not be a long time from now.”

Meretz chairwoman MK Zehava Galon had similar sentiments, telling Army Radio, “This will be a government of a political stalemate and a socio-economic crisis, and I believe it will not last long.”

MK Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) said that the government being formed hates the Jewish religion and will severely hurt the weaker populations, noting his party will work hard to shorten its term.

Meanwhile, the negotiating teams of the Likud/Yisrael Beytenu, Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid began a late night meeting on Wednesday night, to finalize the wording of the coalition agreement.

The parties are determined to finalize the agreement before the morning.

A deadlock over the formation of the government was broken on Wednesday evening, after the Likud conceded the Education Ministry to Yesh Atid.

Earlier in the day, Netanyahu warned Lapid that time has run out, and that if Lapid could not find a way to compromise on his “excessive demands,” then Netanyahu would approach the hareidi-religious parties instead to negotiate their entry into the coalition.