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Gabbay recommends Gantz form next government، Lieberman support Netanyahu for PM

Tuesday 16/April/2019 - 10:49 AM
Gabby and Lieberman
Gabby and Lieberman
Labor chairman Avi Gabbay recommended on Tuesday that President Reuven Rivlin present Blue and White head Benny Gantz with the task of forming the next government، The Jerusalem Post reported.

Israeli Rivlin is currently meeting with the heads of all the parties elected to the Knesset to hear their recommendations on who will lead the next government.

At the same time، Yisrael Beytenu Party Chairman Avigdor Lieberman spoke to the press at an event held at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem Monday evening. "The voters had their say، the election results are clear، the Right won 65-55. Tomorrow we will recommend Benjamin Netanyahu for prime minister،" he said.

Lieberman quoted by Ynetnews as saying "Unfortunately، the religious and ultra-Orthodox factions grew to 21 or 22 Knesset seats،" he added. "I see this as a threat to the ideals of (Zionist revisionist leader Ze'ev) Jabotinsky. This is something I am concerned about، but I am taking it into account. The voter has made his decision."

Regarding the possibility of forming a national unity government with the Likud and Blue and White، Lieberman was dismissive saying that there needs to be a central issue around which the unity government focuses on، otherwise it leads to dysfunction. "Currently، there is no need for a unity government،" he said، while pledging not to compromise on his ideals.

Netanyahu needs Lieberman in order to form a Right-wing coalition. He is expected to be a tough negotiating partner.

Lieberman also touched upon the draft bill that the Haredim oppose. He said that he would not agree to any changes whatsoever، "It is not anti-Halacha or the Haredim، it is pro-IDF."

He went on to list the Haredi demands that his party would refuse to submit to in any coalition agreement such as the demand to cancel all construction work on Shabbat or legislate a Basic Law for Torah study.

MK Uri Maklev (Yahadut Hatorah) responded to Lieberman's comments on the draft bill: "He is trying hard to gain a negotiating advantage in order to receive a more lucrative portfolio. He is trying to be the bad boy of the coalition… He wants to be defense minister"، Ynetnews noted.

Edited by Rabea Yehia

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