Israel’s Religious Zionist Party will not agree to a coalition cabinet that includes the United Arab List party or relies on its support.
“A right-wing government will not be established that is based on the United Arab List party. Period. Not from within, not from outside, not through abstaining, nor by any other means”, party leader Bezalel Smotrich posted on Facebook.
According to Smotrich “terrorism supporters who deny the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish state are not legitimate partners for any government.”
With final results of Tuesday’s general election yet to be announced, preliminary figures suggest that neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his opponents managed to garner enough seats to form a government unilaterally, thus repeating the deadlock that has gripped the country over the past two years.