Without Bennett as defense minister, "this government is called the right, but in practice it fulfills left-wing policy," Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said.
By Jack Gold, World Israel News
The government is no longer right and should turn to the right if it wants to continue existing, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, a member of the Naftali Bennett Jewish party, said on Sunday.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett presented Netanyahu with an ultimatum Wednesday night: give us the defense wallet or my Jewish Home party will leave the coalition.
Earlier that day, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced his resignation, leaving the Likud-led government with a close coalition of 61 Knesset members.
Noting the government's achievements in law, such as the Law of Regulation and Israeli sovereignty over Ariel University in Samaria, Shaked said that much remains to be done, and "it is already clear that this will not be done under this government." News from Israel reported.
The "only justification" for the government's existence until November 2019, when the elections are scheduled by law, is "that Bennett will revolutionize security, restore Israel's deterrence that has been lost under Liberman in the last two years and help liberate of freedom. deep crisis in confidence in security, "she said.
"Without this, this government is called the right, but in practice it complies with left-wing policy," Shaked added, saying that otherwise the government should be dissolved and Israel should go to early elections.
"The public is fed up with voting right and left standing, and the continuation of a faltering left-wing government will endanger the right-wing government," he said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been holding consultations with coalition parties in an effort to stabilize the government and prevent early elections.
"In the last few days, I've talked to all the coalition chiefs. Tonight I will meet with Finance Minister Kahlon in an attempt to prevent the government from being overthrown. At this sensitive moment in relation to security, it would be unnecessary and incorrect to go to the elections, "the prime minister said at the cabinet's weekly meeting on Sunday morning.