Elkin: There's chance we'll be dragged to elections

'If United Right continues with high demands, we'll be dragged to elections in six months with similar results,' Elkin notes.

Mordechai Sones,

Zeev Elkin
Zeev Elkin
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Minister Zeev Elkin addressed the difficulties encountered by the Likud on the way to forming the government.

"If there's a theoretical chance we won't succeed in forming a government, if the United Right continues with their high demands, we'll be dragged into elections in another six months, bringing similar results," he said.

Elkin added that the opposition of ministers Gilad Erdan and Moshe Kahlon before the elections to legislation in the Prime Minister's case did not relate to the Immunity Law and only touched on what is called the "French Law" that would prevent the interrogation of an incumbent prime minister.

"Right now we're talking about returning the Immunity Law, as it had been in Israel for decades," Elkin explained.

Until 2005, in order to bring to trial, the House Committee's approval was required. The committee needed to remove immunity from a prime minister/minister/Knesset member.

Since 2005, that person must request immunity from the Knesset Committee, and such immunity must also be approved by the Knesset plenum.

Now they want to restore what was: Automatic immunity for all. If the Attorney General wishes to prosecute, he would need approval of the House Committee.

Meanwhile, Yediot Ahronot reported senior Likud officials said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was seriously considering the possibility of forming a temporary coalition of 60 MKs without Liberman, in light of the many difficulties in conducting coalition negotiations between Likud and Yisrael Beyteinu.

In the previous term, Netanyahu formed a narrow coalition of 61 MKs until Liberman and his party joined the coalition and increased it to 66 MKs.

The report also said that such a move could succeed only if Liberman abstained or would abstain in the Knesset vote on government approval. If Liberman decides to oppose the vote, a majority will not be obtained to present the government. The Likud believes that if such an option is reached as a last resort, Liberman will not object in practice so that he will not be accused of being the one who overthrew a right-wing government.




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