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Israeli rift at the top sparks early poll talk

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 01:16

Netanyahu is locked in a dispute with coalition ally Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon on public broadcasting agency, raising speculation on early ballot. Lucy Fielder reports.

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A tiff between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his finance minister sparking talk Sunday (March 19) of an early election. Netanyahu abandoned an agreement on broadcast regulation with Moshe Kahlon this weekend, citing concerns about job losses. The finance minister is a key coalition partner. They had a plan to replace the existing public broadcasting authority with a new one. Employees of the current one protesting across Israel in recent weeks calling on Kahlon to cancel its closure and save their jobs. Israeli media quoting Netanyahu as telling ministers from his Likud party that he would dissolve the government if Kahlon doesn't fall into line. A national election could delay any peace moves by U.S. President Donald Trump... And also put off Netanyahu's possible indictment over suspected corruption, which could otherwise happen within weeks. Netanyahu is a suspect in two cases. One involves receiving gifts from businessmen, the other conversations with an Israeli newspaper publisher about cracking down on competing media in exchange for positive coverage. He denies any wrongdoing.

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Israeli rift at the top sparks early poll talk

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 01:16