'I won't budge on the Broadcasting Corporation'

Netanyahu lands in China, speaks about coalition crisis.

Hezki Baruch ,

The Netanyahu couple in China
The Netanyahu couple in China
Haim Tzach

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) for causing the current coalition crisis.

After landing in Beijing, Netanyahu told Channel 10, "I will not budge on the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation issue. If one Finance Minister understood I'm serious, another Finance Minister will understand as well."

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) said, "Anyone sane understands that the last thing Israel needs right now is new elections. I hope the parties will agree to compromise when the Prime Minister returns from China. Each of them must do his best."

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) said, "There are many issues which need to be dealt with," Katz said. "For a disagreement on communications, we will not hold new elections.

"Meetings with the Likud management were not held, and no official party decision on the subject was made.

"Israel does not need new elections, and I assume there will not be new elections. We cannot tell the Israeli public that there are considerable challenges, and then go to unnecessary elections."

On Saturday night, Netanyahu announced that he changed his mind regarding the closure of the Israel Broadcast Authority and the creation of the new Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation. He also said he expects the other coalition partners to respect the Likud's decision, but left the final decision up to Kahlon, who may or may not decide to pull out of the coalition. If Kahlon did pull out, this would force new elections.