The powerful ultra-Orthodox Jewish party Shas said on Monday it would withdraw in the next few days its parliamentary support for Prime Minister Ehud Barak's minority government.
"We are calling for the formation of a national emergency government in the next few days and that means that Shas is withdrawing its safety net for the government," Shas political leader Eli Yishai told a press conference.
Barak's minority government holds just 30 seats in parliament and can only count on the support of another 10 without Shas, the third largest party in the Knesset.
Shas granted Barak a month-long reprieve on October 30 to deal with the wave of violence raging across the Palestinian territories that has claimed the lives of almost 250 people.
Shas had walked out of his coalition government in protest at Barak's peace policies on the eve of July's Camp David summit with the Palestinians – JERUSALEM (AFP)
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