Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor LibermanIsrael Democracy Institute

Finance Minister and Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman on Saturday night would not rule himself out as a possible candidate for Prime Minister, and said that he would refuse to be part of government headed in a rotation agreement by Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz.

Speaking in an interview with Channel 12 News, Liberman said, "A government with a rotation of Gantz and Netanyahu is out of the question. If Netanyahu is in, I'm out."

Liberman also said, "I am committed to doing everything so that a government is formed without Bibi, without [Aryeh] Deri and without [Moshe] Gafni."

"Apart from blaming other people, he really doesn't know anything," Liberman attacked Netanyahu. "Let's tell the truth - the cost of living doesn't interest Netanyahu. What interests him is closing his legal cases, the Overrule Clause, the French Law, we are hearing about everything he wants from all the candidates in the primaries - everyone is trying to please him. Everyone is competing to see who will go up to the Supreme Court with a D-9, and who will go up to the court with a Merkava tank. The day after they will come to power - they will close all the legal proceedings against him, that's the only thing that interests them."

"If Netanyahu does not have 59 seats, it is estimated that even the Likud party will not want a fifth attempt [to form a government] - no one wants to go to a sixth election. I think that as soon as he does not win 61 with his natural partners, Smotrich, Gafni and Deri, at that moment in the Likud, who are going through a difficult process and certainly not a democratic one with the primaries that leave many scars, I am hearing much more willingness to say no to Netanyahu from within the Likud," he said.