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    Netanyahu’s New Gov't Likely to Survive Full Term With Parliament Backing

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    Likud party leader, a lawmaker and chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Zeev Elkin, said that Every politician has ambitions, but the Likud party and Prime Minister Netanyahu are more concerned about forming a stable coalition.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova — The next Israeli government will stand a chance of serving a full term if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeds in forming a stable right-wing coalition backed by a parliamentary majority, a Likud party leader told Sputnik on Friday.

    "Should our party [Likud], led by Netanyahu, [be] able to form a center-right coalition supported by 67 out of 120 Knesset members, I can predict it may finish serving a full four-years' term," a lawmaker and chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Zeev Elkin, told Sputnik.

    Netanyahu's government took office in early 2013, only to be dissolved in December 2014, after the prime minister failed to overcome a dispute within his ruling coalition and dismissed the finance and justice ministers.

    Netanyahu reminded that Israel already had a stable and long-lived government in charge, which was formed after the 2009 general elections. At that time, his center-right government coalition lasted a four-year term.

    "That is the plan that the prime minister and Likud party have in mind for the next government," Elkin said, adding that "it will, however, depend on the party leaders and their readiness to compromise."

    The incumbent prime minister, Netanyahu, who led his right-wing Likud party to victory during the March 17 general elections, has already begun forming his next government, which will be composed of the Likud, Kulanu, Bayit Yehudi, Shas, United Torah Judaism, and Yisrael Beytenu.

    According to information leaked to the Israeli press, leaders of these parties have been trying to outbid one another in their demands for cabinet portfolios.

    "Every politician has ambitions, but the Likud party and Prime Minister Netanyahu are more concerned about forming a stable coalition," Elkin asserted.

    The Likud's prospective coalition partners need to ease their demands for cabinet portfolios, after the ruling party gained 30 Knesset seats in the final vote tally, sources close to the prime minister said Thursday, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post.

    Throughout Israeli history, every government has been based on a coalition made up of several parties. Those remaining outside the government make up the opposition.

    The source close to Netanyahu revealed earlier that the prime minister is keen to keep his campaign promise to turn Israel into a two-party system with a government that would last four years.

    Under Israeli law, Netanyahu has 28 days to form a government. Israel's President Reuven Rivlin may extend the term by an additional period of time, but no more than 14 days.

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