Will the election be avoided? The Minister of Finance, Israel Katz, addressed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Thursday) with a view to bringing the state budget for 2020 for approval by the government this coming Sunday. Remember, the government has until midnight Tuesday to pass the budget, before the Knesset dissolves and goes to the Knesset. -24.
At the same time as addressing Prime Minister Netanyahu, Katz addressed Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Bnei Gantz, in order to support his proposal, as well as to continue talks on approving the 2021. Budget Minister.
“Your refusal to support the budget and drag the State of Israel into an unnecessary election campaign, due to political debates, constitutes national irresponsibility and a direct economic attack on the citizens of the State of Israel. “The State of Israel, which is on the verge of a third closure and at the beginning of the national vaccination campaign, needs a stable and strong government that works for the citizens of the State of Israel – while emerging from the health, economic and social crisis, and we must all rise above and prevent an expensive and unnecessary election.” Ganz.
This morning it was reported that behind the scenes attempts are being made to reach agreements and prevent going to the polls. According to sources involved in the details, there is a secret channel between Hod Betzer, the director general of the deputy prime minister’s office, and Netanyahu’s associate, businessman Yaakov Atrakchi (who is one of the architects of the coalition agreement between the Likud and Blue and White).
On the face of it, it seems that the real obstacle on the way to resolving the crisis is not the rotation between Netanyahu and Gantz, which is scheduled to take place in November 2021. During the contacts between the parties, it appears that the rotation will be postponed for six months, but still. According to Likud sources, the obstacle, along with the approval of the budget, lies in the continuation of the tenure of Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn. In a conversation with Maariv, a senior Likud official said: “After a show of terror by Nissenkorn, who appointed 61 judges on his own and without consulting the Likud, in blatant violation of the coalition agreement, it is impossible to continue in partnership with Blue and White without resolving the Justice Ministry appointments.”