Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a column that appeared in Wednesday's Israel Hayom, rejected the possibility of forming a unity government together with the Blue and White opposition party, declaring it was his obligation to establish only a right-wing coalition.
A right-wing government "will continue to lead the State of Israel to unprecedented achievements and safeguard the security of Israeli citizens. This is my commitment to Likud voters. There will be no unity government," Netanyahu wrote.
Israel Hayom prefaced the column by saying it was partly in response to a call by one of their writers, Moti Tuchfeld, to the Likud to build a right-wing coalition. There have been rumors circulating of the possibility the Likud would join with Blue and White in a unity government. Blue and White is a center-left party.
Rumors are based in part on the possibility that Netanyahu won't have a choice as polls show Avigdor Liberman's Israel Beiteinu party strengthening in the polls (11 seats), putting him in position to decide which side will be able to form a government.
Liberman has said he wants a broad unity government and so may force the two sides together. The Likud party has interpreted other statements he has made as indicating he wants Blue and White's Gantz to lead. However, Liberman hasn't explicitly stated this.
Netanyahu addressed the threat from Liberman in his column in order to motivate the Likud base, writing, "Avigdor Liberman stated in an interview with IDF Radio last Sunday that he would recommend for prime minister Benny Gantz ... The Likud must be the biggest party to ensure that the formation of the government falls to us."
The prime minister devoted the rest of his column to exhorting his constituency to vote Likud, saying, "Anyone who wants a strong right-wing government, who does not want a left-wing government led by [Yair] Lapid and Gantz, must vote for Likud—only Likud."
To contact us or to submit an article, click here.
Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.
It's a NEW YEAR! Get ready for a NEW YOU!
- New Year Discounts On Book Bundles & Gifts: Click Here to view all our bundles and save up to 72%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
- Go Deeper with God in a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all eight of our free courses. Topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
- Anointed Woman Of God: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
- Never Stop Praying - Prayer Changes Everything! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
- New Year - New You - Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!
Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for two years for Only $29.97 and get two free gifts. Gift #1 The Harbinger. Gift #2 The Harbinger II. Both books are by New York Times Best-Selling author Jonathan Cahn. View Offer