Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman Miriam Alster/Flash 90

Former Foreign Minister and Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Liberman opened his faction meeting on Monday with a sharp attack on the current government, on the background of fierce clashes taking place within the coalition.

Liberman mentioned Education Minister Naftali Bennett's (Jewish Home) recent attack on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud), when he accused them of a "philosophical deadlock," and then went on to mention their rebuttal to Bennett.

"This government has no policy, it's all patchwork, shoddy work," accused Liberman. "The glue that holds this government together is the desire to keep their seats at any cost."

"I see no other choice but to replace this government and go to new elections. Without any sort of policy in any field, the citizens needs to understand there is no other option," he emphasized.

The comments come even as a motion is to be raised Wednesday to dissolve the government, in the wake of growing tensions in the coalition over the eviction last Friday of 200 Jews who purchased in full two houses in Hevron.

Liberman also referenced recent polls from the weekend predicting a moderate boost to his own party, saying, "to those who thought that they would succeed in eliminating Yisrael Beytenu, Yisrael Beytenu is alive and kicking, we are on the map."

"I very much hope that we will go to elections soon, and that Yisrael Beytenu will succeed and be a central component in the next government," added Liberman.

The Yisrael Beytenu head ran a surprising campaign in the last elections, openly calling to give the massive "triangle region" of northern Israel that is home to over 300,000 Arab citizens to the Palestinian Authority (PA), in establishing a Palestinian state on both sides of the 1949 Armistice line.

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