The Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called off his meeting with coalition party leaders scheduled for Sunday and may also cancel his date with his Likud faction heads. The meeting Netanyahu set up with Treasury Minister Moshe Kahlon, who is pressing for an early election, was moved from Sunday morning to the evening. In a TV interview on Friday, Kahlon said there were good reasons for the cabinet accepting a ceasefire with Hamas after nearly 500 rockets were fired into Israel, but they must remain secret in the national interest. Avigdor Lieberman, who resigned as defense minister over the ceasefire, said he knew of no reasons for giving Hamas any leeway. “It’s all excuses,” he said.
The Netanyahu-Kahlon face to face at 6.30 is expected to set a date for an early election – March or May. The prime minister is struggling to forestall any more walkouts from the cabinet – if possible, without giving defense to Jewish Home leader, Education Minister Naftali Bennett.