Gesher party leader MK Orly Levy-Abekasis announced Tuesday night that she would not support the formation of a minority government which is dependent on the outside support of the Joint Arab List.
"We are all witnessing the behavior of leaders who pledged credibility and accountability, and are currently engaged in shameful lobbying and willing to pay any price for any minority government, even if it is set up resting on untrustworthy support. Equally worrisome is the fact that far-reaching decisions like negotiating with the Joint List, including Balad, are being conducted in a very limited circle, decisions whose acceptance would require all Knesset members to fall in line with the bloc," Levy-Abekasis said.
She sought to clarify that the terms in question did not obligate her and made it clear that the partnership with Meretz that existed at the time of the elections was no longer valid.
"I will not support the government that relies on Balad and the Joint Arab List, and I do not see myself as committed to partnering with the Meretz Party, which was forced on me and Amir Peretz by the pressure from Blue and White. I said this before the election and I say it afterwards.
"I also made it clear to my partner, MK Labor Party chairman Amir Peretz, immediately after the elections. Israeli citizens are entitled to expect their representatives to act responsibly and reliably in fulfilling their promises for them," the Knesset Member concluded.
Tomorrow (Wednesday), Blue and White representatives will meet with representatives of the Joint Arab List. The meeting will also be attended by the chairman of the Balad party.