Smotrich: The bloc is stable

Transportation Minister warns: Dismantling the right-wing bloc will create a dangerous left-wing government.

Nitsan Keidar ,

Bezalel Smotrich
Bezalel Smotrich
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Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich, chairman of the National Union party, on Sunday called on his colleagues to maintain cohesion in the right-wing bloc and not to succumb to pressure from the left to dismantle the bloc on the pretext that a unity government could be formed.

"What prevents the establishment of a unity government today is Gantz disqualifying Netanyahu. All the rest is excuses. The fact that the right came [to the negotiations] as one unit is not an obstacle to a unity government," Smotrich said in an interview with Arutz Sheva.

"Just as Blue and White comes in a three-party bloc that has nothing in common except for hatred of Netanyahu, we too can unite. It would be foolish to dismantle the right-wing bloc because, if we do, the only government that can emerge is an Oslo government, a minority government that relies on an Arab majority and owes the Arabs for it. We cannot, under any circumstances, return to such a situation. The first to irresponsibly remove a brick from the wall and cause it to collapse will be guilty of the establishment of such a government," he warned.

"I sincerely hope that Gantz will show the responsibility required, stop the petty politics and the disqualifications and then a government could be established within half a day. If he pulls the country into elections it will be bad, but an Oslo government will be even worse,” said Smotrich.

Listen to the full interview with Smotrich (in Hebrew):