Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been leading the government for over a decade, promised his voters on Wednesday that he will form an exclusively right-wing coalition and not agree on a unity government with the Blue and White paty that won 35 seats in the last election.
“I will only form a right-wing coalition. There will be no unity government,” Netanyahu promised today in a front-page column in the Israel Hayom newspaper.
Netanyahu, who was unable to create coalition after last April’s elections, chose to force the dissolution of the Knesset in order to have another shot at it foeming a majority in this upcoming election.
The Prime Minister promised to ”establish a strong right-wing government after the election, which will continue to lead the State of Israel to unprecedented heights and to guarantee the security of Israeli citizens.”
In the column, Netanyahu asks the Israeli electorate,” Who will be the next prime minister of the State of Israel? Will a weak and inexperienced left-wing government led by Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz be established; or rather a strong right-wing government headed by the Likud under my leadership?
Netanyahu also urges the parties in the nationalist camp to “wake up from their indifference”, and criticized the secular nationalist Avigdor Liberman, whose lack of support prevented him from forming a government after the last elections.
“Avigdor Lieberman declared in an interview to Army Radio on Sunday that he will recommend Benny Gantz as prime minister. This fact alone makes it clear that voting Likud is imperative. The Likud needs to be the largest party so as to ensure we are tasked with forming the government, without giving Lieberman the opportunity to steer us toward a weak left-wing government under Lapid and Gantz,” he said
To avoid a repeat of April, he is asking for Israelis to not vote for right-wing parties that are at risk of not surpassing the 3.25% threshold required to win seats in the Knesset.
”We cannot repeat the mistake of the last election when right-wing voters squandered seven mandates on parties that failed to pass the electoral threshold. We must not jeopardize the right-wing government; therefore we must vote Likud,” Netanyahu said.
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
General elections in Israel will take place on the 17th of September 2019