Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak's block 'Israel One' resumed contacts on Wednesday with Shas movement after four ministers of the group resigned Tuesday, reported Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
Barak, who met Shas leader Eli Yishai Tuesday, failed to persuade leaders of the movement to soften their stance, calling for resignation of minister of education Yossi Sarid or task his deputy, Mishlam Nahari, to be fully in charge of managing affairs of the group's teaching institutes, said KUNA.
Yishai told Israel radio the resignation of the four Shas ministers would be confirmed on Thursday, and indicated that they might retain their posts in case the government responded positively to the group's demands, the agency said.
The radio reported that three ministers of the left-wing Meretz party were also pondering resignation.
Head of Meretz parliamentary coalition, Zahava, voiced opposition to a proposal to establish an authority to oversee the teaching establishments of Shas, the agenxy said.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Elizar, a member of the government, urged Shas and
Meretz to show flexibility and warned that the country could not be managed with a small government, KUNA said - Albawaba.com
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