Herzog Denies Unity Government Rumors

Calling Bennett 'whiny,' Zionist Union head Herzog says no truth to comments Netanyahu will pass Jewish Home over for unity government.

Cynthia Blank,

Yitzhak Herzog
Yitzhak Herzog
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Rumors have been flying all week that instead of forming a narrow right-wing coalition, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will try form a unity government with Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog. 

Such a government would come at the expense of other probable coalition partners, including Jewish Home, Kulanu, and Yisrael Beytenu. 

Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett warned again on Thursday that Netanyahu was likely to choose Herzog over Jewish Home, and noted his willingness to work from the opposition should that happen. 

Yet, the second man to make such an agreement happen is balking at the rumors. 

Writing on Facebook Thursday, Herzog dismissed rejected Bennett's comments and stressed that his party would be the "fighting opposition" in the 20th Knesset.

"The rest is spin," Herzog emphasized. "If someone wants to know what my intentions, and that of our party, are, he is invited to ask and listen to what I have to say.  

The rest is spin, "he wrote on his Facebook page." If someone wants to know what my intentions and our party is invited to ask and listen to what I say."

"The Zionist Union is not a pawn in a race to destroy the State of Israel. Bennett has taken to whining and threatening to be in the opposition in order to squeeze out additional settlements, a larger budget, or a ministerial position," Herzog added. 

Even so, Likud officials continue to discuss the possibility and even necessity of a unity government between Likud and the Zionist Union.

MK Miri Regev (Likud) warned Thursday that a unity government would be inevitable if Likud's intended coalition partners - Jewish Home, Yisrael Beytenu, and Kulanu - did not stop their demands for top ministerial positions. 

"The public cannot come and complain to Likud if we go with a unity government and in two years we have elections again. This is the result of Bennet, Kahlon, and Liberman's extortionist behavior."

Echoing Regev was fellow Likud MK, Gilad Erdan. The Interior Minister told Walla! News that he hoped a situation would not arise in which the "Prime Minister had no choice but to turn to Yesh Atid and the Zionist Union. 

 




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