Likud calls on Yisrael Beytenu, Labor, to join coalition

As municipal leaders call on MK Liberman to join coalition, Likud's Min. Katz turns to Yitzhak Rabin's successors.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Yisrael Katz
Yisrael Katz
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Municipal leaders from the Likud party have called on the Yisrael Beytenu party to "come home," Maariv reported.

These leaders are planning to hold a conference in Petah Tikva with the goal of convincing Yisrael Beytenu Chairman MK Avigdor Liberman to join a narrow right-wing coalition, essentially re-creating the government as it was between 2015-2018.

Separately, Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz called on the Labor-Gesher party to join a coalition.

In an interview with Army Radio, Katz said, "[Labor Chairman MK] Amir Peretz is caught in a promise...since when does the Labor party rule out sitting with the Likud? Since when do [former Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin's successors rule out sitting with the Likud?"

After Israeli prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu failed to form a government, Blue and White leader MK Benny Gantz was tasked with the job. However, Gantz as well failed to form a government within the allocated time.

Following Gantz's failure, the Knesset began a 21-day period in which any MK can attempt to form a coalition by garnering the support of 61 MKs. If no one succeeds in forming a coalition by next week - when the grace period ends - Israel will be forced to hold very unpopular third elections.



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