'The gov't can finally do what we promised'

Likud minister close to coalition talks says Yisrael Beytenu joining gov't to bring long-term stability, actualize nationalist government.

Nitsan Keidar,

Minister Yariv Levin
Minister Yariv Levin
Hadas Parush / Flash 90

Yisrael Beytenu joining the coalition government will bring stability, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) told Arutz Sheva Sunday.

Levin noted that, over the past year, Likud had managed to achieve several long-term goals. 

"First, we extended the government and created stability," Levin stated. "I think this is crucial, so that Israel doesn't go every year or year-and-a-half to elections." Levin also hailed the completion of the natural gas agreement.  

Yisrael Beytenu joining the coalition, he added, will begin "a long period of stable governance, in which we can work to do what we were elected for" and that the public could reaffirm its trust in a nationalist government. 

"I am optimistic about the future," he said. 

The final issue in coalition talks between the two parties, which are due to end Monday, are "pension-related agreements." 

"This is a very complex issue," Levin reflected. "Our team, as well as Yisrael Beytenu's and the Ministry of Finance, are dealing with this, and I would guess that we'll be done with it today or tomorrow at the latest." 

Levin ended with some reflections about the upcoming Paris conference, in which European powers will try to force a resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). 

"I think that all attempts by the Europeans to force us into the process and ignore the real problems in the Middle East, and [to ignore] the fact that Israel is a stabilizing factor which actually fights terrorism - is something outrageous," Levin opined. 

"We want peace and want to achieve peace via dialogue, but this dialogue should be two-sided, without preconditions and without coercion from outside," he concluded. 




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