Report: Prime Minister Unwilling to Torpedo Coalition Over Talks
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the current crisis in the coalition for the first time Monday, according to Ma'ariv, although his remarks currently remain in the context of closed conversations between ministers.
"I do not want new elections and do not want the current crisis," Netanyahu stated, according to the daily. "But I am not going to commit suicide and I am not willing to turn the world upside down to change [Naftali] Bennett's opinion on the issues."
On Thursday, Bennett (Jewish Home/Bayit Yehudi) announced that the Jewish Home would leave the coalition if terrorists with Israeli citizenship are released in a gesture toward the Palestinian Authority.
"Israel has been facing a new situation in recent days with the Palestinian appeal to the UN which flagrantly violated all the agreements with them since the Oslo Accords until today,” said Bennett.
“The emerging deal, if it includes the release of murderers with Israeli citizenship, harms Israeli sovereignty, and not only that - it is done being when the Palestinians have not cancelled their requests to join international organizations,” he added.
"Therefore, if a proposal for release of Israeli murderers comes before the Cabinet, the Jewish Home will oppose it,” Bennett declared. “If the proposal will pass - the Jewish Home will resign from the government, which frees murderers with Israeli citizenship. Enough is enough.”
Likud members have previously expressed ambivalence over the threat, which since has mushroomed to include several other Jewish Home and Likud MKs.
However, despite the situation escalating - and several leftist MKs threatening to resign in the event terrorists are not released - Netanyahu has not yet made a public statement on the issue.