Barak Gives Shas one more Chance

Published June 14th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak has extended his deadline over whether to dismiss six rebel ministers by another two weeks, reported the Jerusalem Post Wednesday.  

Just hours short of a week since a first round of cabinet phone calls had taken place to enact a clause in the Transition Law, Barak announced Tuesday night that another series of calls to ministers had been made, giving him another 14 days to decide, said the daily.  

The clause enables the premier to remove those ministers (four from Shas, one from Yisrael Ba'aliya, and one from the National Religious Party) who voted last week, on preliminary Knesset reading, in favor of a bill calling for early elections.  

Saying he prefers "brotherly love over senseless hatred," Barak made television appearances last night, as he had done last week, to explain that he wants to give the largest coalition rebel, Shas, more time to exploit the fact that the door is still open, said the daily. 

The question, however, is whether the four Shas ministers will preempt Barak by resigning first, the Jerusalem Post added.  

On Tuesday afternoon, Shas spiritual leadership, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, ordered the party to quit the coalition at the next cabinet meeting.  

It remains unclear whether Barak will hold a special cabinet meeting before his noon deadline today to take the formal decision to activate the Transition Law clause, added the daily.  

However, he made it clear that he is not rushing, according to the daily  



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