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Netanyahu considers challenges on left and right

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might decide to advance Likud Party primaries, to assure his position when facing a possible disintegration of the coalition whose partners challenge him from left and right.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd L) attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv June 15, 2014. Netanyahu on Sunday blamed Palestinian militants from the Hamas Islamist group for the abduction of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank, Army Radio reported. REUTERS/Abir Sultan/Pool (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3TUX1
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''The budget is right around the corner, there is quite a lot of work to be done and we need to cope with a very complicated security situation. … There is no reason whatsoever to quit a functioning government, which must deal with very complex challenges.''

It's highly doubtful whether this clear statement by Finance Minister Yair Lapid, in an interview on Israel Army Radio the morning of June 30, had a calming effect on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In recent weeks, Netanyahu has been preparing himself for an extreme scenario in which the coalition falls apart over a crisis generated by one of its partners: Lapid's Yesh Atid Party or the HaBayit HaYehudi Party of Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett

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