Bennett Claims: Likud Wants Herzog, Not Us

After Ya'alon claims unity government possible, Bennett warns right-wing voters Likud is planning an about-face - Likud issues a rebuttal.

Hezki Baruch, Cynthia Blank,

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
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Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett is convinced that Likud will try to form a government without his party come March 18. 

"The mask has been removed:  Likud wants to establish a government with Buji and Tzipi, and not with Jewish Home," Bennett claimed Thursday, referring to Zionist Camp co-chairs Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni. 

"Share this so they won't fool us," the Economy Minister told his Facebook followers. 

"It happened last time too. Likud entered Tzipi (with only 6 mandates!) into the government, and tried to keep us out. Only a large Jewish Home will force the Likud to form a government without the Left."

Bennett's comments come in the wake of statements about the possibility of forming a unity government made Thursday morning by Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon. 

In an interview with Army Radio, Ya'alon, number seven on the Likud list, claimed that a unity government between Likud and the Labor-Hatnua "Zionist Camp" is possible, but there would be no rotation for prime minister. 

"We have not said no to anything," he stressed. 

However, Bennett has long been warning of the possibility despite strong denials from both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Herzog. 

Likud, for its part, responded to the claims by saying that Netanyahu had no intention of forming a unity government with Herzog and Livni. 

"There will not be a unity government and there is no feasibility for such an establishment. The reason is clear: The Netanyahu-led Likud government will not establish a government with a party whose senior representatives have reservations about the concept of Zionism and the national anthem, who call on citizens not to serve in the IDF, and whose leaders are willing to divide Jerusalem."

"Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will turn to his natural partners, led by Jewish Home, to establish a national government - but in order to do this we will need a large Likud. Only a strong Likud will prevent the establishment of a leftist government."




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