Israeli Prime Minister Rueven Rivlin on Tuesday opposed the possibility of new elections, saying it was “an unforgivable blow” given the budgetary tensions within the coalition government.
“I will not repeat some well-known warnings and, as a citizen of Israel, just say that they are not an option,” he said. “It cannot be that we continue to approach this as if it were a logical option as we count our dead,” he said, referring to those who died from the coronavirus pandemic.
“If they take us there, if the elected officials of a party take us to this terrible low point, they will deal a hard, painful and unforgivable blow to this country,” he added, as reported by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.
The differences between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition partner Defense Minister Benjamin Gantz have increased in recent days in connection with the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.