Recordings from within a closed-door Likud faction meeting published by the Walla news site indicate divisions within the ruling party over the controversial judicial overhaul it is leading.
Veteran MK Yuli Edelstein, who has been largely sidelined by Prime Minister Netanyahu, calls to halt the legislation, saying it provides “the best excuse for the opposition,” not to enter talks.
Opposition parties are refusing to negotiate until the government pauses its legislative blitz.
Culture Minister Miki Zohar also criticizes the efforts of the government, saying the opposition is winning the war for public opinion, “because they fight together.”
Netanyahu responds to him, saying there is no chance this government will collapse, comparing it to “an iron wall.”
Meanwhile, Transportation Minister Miri Regev, seen as a Netanyahu loyalist, says the government “can’t blink” in its legislative efforts.