'The stopwatch is ticking on Liberman to kill Haniyeh'

Zionist Union MK launches countdown until Liberman 'topples Hamas,' and right-wing coalition 'implements its election promises.'

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An MK of the leftist Zionist Union party on Monday attacked the new coalition, and in doing so called out the right-wing parties in a sardonic challenge to deliver on their campaign promises.

Zionist Union has labeled the new government as "the most right-wing ever" with the addition of incoming Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu party.

"I've put on my Facebook a stopwatch that counts down until Defense Minister Liberman eliminates (Hamas leader Ismail) Haniyeh and topples Hamas as he promised," said MK Yoel Hasson (Zionist Union) at a Knesset plenum session on Monday.

"You are invited to count down with me until the celebration of the end of the conflict," he said sarcastically of his 48 hour timer counting down from Liberman's appointment.

Last month Liberman declared that if he were appointed Defense Minister, he would order the assassination of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh within 48 hours if Hamas does not return the bodies of the IDF soldiers that have been held ever since 2014 Operation Protective Edge.

The idea of a countdown on Liberman's promise apparently has caught on, as another site asking in English: "Is Ismail Haniyeh dead yet?," has also sprung up, and can be viewed here.

It is worth noting that the site appears to be completely inaccurate in its calculation of  the 48 hours, as it already was down to just over four hours on Monday night even though Liberman was only appointed earlier in the day and sworn in at night. Hasson's countdown seems to be more on target.

In a taunting challenge to the coalition, Hasson said in his remarks at the Knesset, "now the rightist-radical right government can implement all its dreams and election promises."

"By the weekend it is possible to annex the territories according to (Naftali) Bennett's calming plan, by next week (Betzalel) Smotrich can unfreeze building in the settlements, (Tzipi) Hotovely can wave the flag on the Temple Mount and cut off the bothersome ties with the United States," Hasson said.

"Try to manage as much as you can in the three years left to you, because afterwards, the public will feel firsthand what a rightist-radical right government means, and it will ensure that the dubious experience that you will provide will not repeat itself after the next elections."








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