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December 8, 1998
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu engineered a procedural move that delays by at least one week a vote that would force early elections. The move came after the premier failed to get former Foreign Minister David Levy and his Gesher Party to rejoin the governing coalition. Making a statement on Israel Radio, Levy described his discussions with the premier as a “sham.” Sources close to Netanyahu quoted the premier as saying that giving the Finance Ministry portfolio to Levy, an advocate of social spending, would be “disastrous” for the Israeli economy.

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