Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon Thursday that puts an end to a political crisis that threatened to see the government dissolved over a new public broadcaster, senior sources say. According to the deal, the broadcaster’s news division will be dismantled.
Earlier this month the prime minister announced he was rethinking a compromise to allow Kan, the new public broadcaster to launch, but only following enactment of new legislation giving the government more influence over the new authority.
Netanyahu had threatened to dissolve the Knesset if Kahlon doesn’t agree to pass the legislation, which would also ensure political control over all broadcast media outlets in the country. Netanyahu and Kahlon had met five times over the past week in bid to end the crisis.
According to coalition chairman David Bitan, Netanyahu and Kahlon had reconciled their positions and new elections won’t take place.
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