Daily Israel Report

Bennett: Left's Anti-Likud Bloc is Not Serious

The Jewish Home will recommend Netanyahu as Prime Minister no matter what, says Naftali Bennett.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/6/2013, 2:47 AM

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) chairman Naftali Bennett threw his support behind Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday night.

"After a rainy and relaxed Shabbat, I turn on the Internet and discover that (Tzipi) Livni and (Shelly) Yechimovich are trying to create an 'obstructive bloc' from the left," Bennett wrote on his Facebook page, referring to the idea suggested by Tzipi Livni in a television interview on Friday night.

Bennett went on to say that the left's desire to form an anti-Likud bloc is "not serious," adding that it is a childish and imaginary move.

"Everyone knows nothing will come out of giving more land to the Arabs (except for missiles and pain), and instead of focusing on the people of Israel in education, lowering prices of housing, strengthening the periphery and creating equal burden, again the left discusses 'peace talks'," he said.

"The Jewish Home will in any case recommend Binyamin Netanyahu as a candidate for prime minister," Bennett wrote, adding that Netanyahu will serve as the Prime Minister "under every calculation and every scenario. Just look at the numbers."

He said that Livni and Yechimovich gave up the on possibility of creating a "social coalition" and that the two prefer to negotiate with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas "idle conversations that lead nowhere. Equality of burden cannot be promoted by shouting from the opposition," he added.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Yesh Atid (Future) chairman Yair Lapid shot down the idea of forming an anti-Likud bloc with Labor and Livni's party, but then gave it his conditional consent.

Lapid wrote on his Facebook page that he would meet Yechimovich and Livni, but added, "I have no interest in joining a 'blocking bloc' because it is not my habit to boycott people and parties."

Later Saturday he said, however, in a television interview, that if none of the centrist parties enter a government headed by Binyamin Netanyahu, neither would he. Speaking on Channel 2's Meet the Press, he said that if Tzipi Livni commits not to enter the Netanyahu government, he will also not enter it. However, he again suggested that Yesh Atid, Labor and Livni enter a "unity government" with Netanyahu.