Liberman: Bibi Biding Time for Unity Government

Yisrael Beytenu chair accuses Netanyahu of biding time during coalition talks to then later go and form unity government with the Left.

Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank,

Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman
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A unity government seems to be on everyone's minds: Likud continues to threaten to form one because of coalition partners "excessive demands," while other parties claim Likud is dillydallying negotiations in hopes of establishing such a government. 

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman suggested Sunday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is "buying time" during coalition negotiations in order to then form a unity government between his Likud party and Labor. 

During an interview with Reshet Bet, the Yisrael Beytenu chair alleged that representatives from his party had not yet discussed possible portfolios with Likud and that his entrance into Netanyahu's government was not dependent on one ministry or another. 

"The government's basic policies will be the deciding factor. These include the elimination of the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip and the cancellation of VAT on basic goods," Liberman stressed.  

This announcement comes, despite reports that Liberman was heavily demanding the foreign portfolio again should he not be tasked with his desired role of defense minister. 

Meanwhile, despite their rifts during negotiations, Jewish Home leaders have begun heavily pressing the Prime Minister to form a right-wing government, and quickly. 

During Mimouna celebrations Saturday night, Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) called on Netanyahu, saying, "We love you and hope with God's help this love will lead to a right-wing government that builds up the Land of Israel, Jerusalem, and Judea and Samaria."




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