Levin Says 'Writing was On the Wall' for Elections

Knesset dissolution was a long time in coming, MK Yariv Levin tells Arutz Sheva, noting that the real issue is a matter of stability.

Benny Toker ,

Yariv Levin
Yariv Levin
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Knesset Committee Chairman MK Yariv Levin (Likud) explained to Arutz Sheva why the coalition dissolved Wednesday, noting that, in his eyes, "the writing was on the wall." 

"The writing was on the wall, there was no choice but to take this step," Levin told Arutz Sheva Wednesday night. "It is very unfortunate that we are going to elections after two years without an approved budget - it's not healthy and not good, but to continue the current coalition would have been worse." 

Levin noted that several sources from Likud spoke to Arutz Sheva about a lack of restraint in Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid's criticisms of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and that as things were, "it was impossible for them to work [together] and it was better to go to elections." 

He said it was not possible to change the composition of the government without new elections.

"The high road was to expand the government, and to bring the hareidi parties into elections, but [Foreign Minister Avigdor] Liberman and Yisrael Beytenu announced that they would not participate in such a government, and they insisted that the coalition changed in any event, so we will hold elections," Levin explained.

"Liberman said several times that the government will fall apart, and that it would not participate in a different coalition [as things stand], and that the government would go to early elections," he added. "Even the hareidi parties did not show a commitment to join this government."

Levin stated that, in his opinion, the key to success for the next round of elections demands a ruling party with a higher seat ratio. 

"The big question on the table is it possible to go on like this," he noted. "Menachem Begin could not work in a comparable government."

"If you have more than thirty seats you can really rule that way, so the question is whether we want to allow the prime minister to govern in this way, whether we have faith in him, and those who want to walk down this road will prevail and win," he added.  "You have to have a stable governance here, and only support for Likud will ensure that."

"I believe and hope that progress in this campaign will be made via a movement to join Likud, it is essential to have a stable government here," he concluded.