Bennett: We Will Sit in Opposition If We Have To

Bennett tells supporters that if Netanyahu forms unity government with Zionist Union, Jewish Home will work hard from the opposition.

Shlomo Pitrikovsky, Cynthia Blank ,

Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett
Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett
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Amid reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu may leave Jewish Home in the dust in favor of a unity government, Chairman Naftali Bennett said Thursday that his party is willing to sit in the opposition. 

Referring to a pre-coalition talk with Likud, which reportedly did not go well, Bennett professed his readiness to work for the country outside the government should Netanyahu form a coalition with Zionist Union leaders Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni. 

"Unfortunately, it seems that the Prime Minister plans to bring in Buji/Tzipi, and therefore skip over us," Bennett wrote in response to a Facebook follower, urging the Jewish Home head to join the government. 

"He [Netanyahu] also retracted remarks that he will not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state, thereby renouncing all national obligations," Bennett added. 

"From the opposition, we will be able serve the people of Israel in a way no less effective than [if we were part of] the government. Sometimes from the outside, when you have clear views and present a clear alternative, the influence on the government is greater."

Despite Bennett's implicit attack on Netanyahu, the first meeting of negotiating teams between Likud and Jewish Home is scheduled to take place Thursday in the Knesset building. 

Other potential coalition partner, Moshe Kahlon, meanwhile, ordered his negotiating team to cancel his scheduled meeting Thursday with Likud, following assurances given by Netanyahu to United Torah Judaism. 

According to Kahlon's party Kulanu, the decision was a result of "Likud's political division of labor at the expense of the tools necessary to lowering housing prices and dealing with the high cost of living - even before negotiations between parties began.



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