Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi, who is about to take up his posts as coalition whip and chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, told Channel 2 on Saturday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 61-seat coalition could survive two years – three at the most.
“It will be very difficult to maintain this coalition for the full four-and-a-half year term,” he said. “I think everyone understands that. It is possible for it to go the full term, but for that to happen more parties need to join in the coming months.”
Thursday’s swearing in of the government at the Knesset turned chaotic after Hanegbi released a statement to the press denying Netanyahu’s contention – which he made during his remarks to parliament – that he was named coalition whip.