Early Is­rael elec­tion pos­si­ble

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ANSHEL PFEFFER

THE TALKS be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Moshe Kahlon re­main dead­locked over the fu­ture of Is­rael’s new pub­lic broad­caster.

While the prime min­is­ter is in favour of al­low­ing the cur­rent Is­rael Broad­cast­ing Author­ity (IBA) to con­tinue op­er­a­tions, Mr Kahlon in­sists on stick­ing to the new law un­der which IBA will be dis­banded by the end of next month and the new cor­po­ra­tion, Kan, will be­gin broad­cast­ing on all chan­nels on April 30.

Any changes to the pub­lic broad­cast law will need the votes of Mr Kahlon’s Ku­lanu Party, and Likud min­is­ters claim that if he does not budge, Mr Ne­tanyahu is pre­pared to go for early elec­tions.

A num­ber of com­pro­mise so­lu­tions have been pro­posed. The main one, to which both sides ini­tially agreed, was to al­low the cor­po­ra­tion to be­gin op­er­a­tions as planned but to pass a me­dia reg­u­la­tion law that would place all pub­lic broad­cast­ing un­der much closer gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion. This so­lu­tion, how­ever, was shot down by the at­tor­ney gen­eral, who ruled that the pro­posed reg­u­la­tion was un­con­sti­tu­tional.

The lead­ers of Likud’s five coali­tion part­ners have all ex­pressed their op­po­si­tion to early elec­tions. An ad­viser to Mr Kahlon said: “Bibi will have to back down. He hasn’t got the votes to dis­band the Knes­set.”

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