Could a rebel Ra'am MK prevent the formation of the government?

Netanyahu, Deri putting pressure on MK Said al-Harumi to vote against formation of new government today.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

MK Said al-Harumi
MK Said al-Harumi
Esti Dazyubov/TPS

MK Said al-Harumi of the United Arab List (Ra'am) party is threatening not to support the formation of the Lapid-Bennett government in the decisive vote tonight.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri are exerting heavy pressure on al-Harumi and his associates to oppose the government and thus prevent its formation.

If al-Harumi decides to oppose the formation of a government, the new coalition will have to rely on the support of some of the members of the joint list in order to allow the formation of the government.

The Likud said: "For the first time in the history of the state, there will be a prime minister with six seats. Bennett establishes his fraudulent government by relying on the UAL that supports terrorists and opposes Israel being a Jewish and democratic state. There is no limit to this shame."

Meanwhile, Labor MK Emilie Moatti was hospitalized for a side-effect of a treatment she received. She is expected to attend the vote on the formation of the new government and then return to the hospital.

This afternoon, Coalition Chairman MK Idit Silman, MK Boaz Toporovsky and Minister Ze'ev Elkin will meet to coordinate the coalition's conduct in the Knesset in the coming days.

The opposition is expected to seek a roll-call vote on the swearing-in of the government and the election of the Speaker of the Knesset, and the newly formed coalition will have to make sure that all 61 of its supporters vote according to plan.

Silman, Toporovsky and Elkin will speak today with MK Eli Avidar of Yisrael Beytenu, who surprised the party last night with his decision to run as a single faction.

Avidar said in closed conversations that he was very disappointed with Avigdor Liberman, who offered him to serve as a minister in the Ministry of Finance under Liberman. "I have no interest in the position just to be called a minister," Aver Avidan said. "We will pass the inauguration today, I will not be the one to overthrow the government, but after that - all options are on the table."