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Lieberman Would Not Recommend Gantz or Netanyahu for Premiership

Lieberman Would Not Recommend Gantz or Netanyahu for Premiership
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By Staff, Agencies

Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday said he would not recommend either “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or former “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF] chief Benny Gantz as prime minister, just as the “Israeli” entity’s so-called President Reuven Rivlin began consultations with party factions over who should form the next government.

“We will not budge in any direction,” Lieberman told reporters during a press conference. “Since Netanyahu and the Likud decided to close the bloc with ultra-Orthodox parties and with this messianic party [referring to the right-wing Yamina party], we cannot recommend Benjamin Netanyahu.”

“As for Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz,” Lieberman continued, “from what we can see he’s preserving the option to form a government with the ultra-Orthodox and the Joint List."

"I would like to stress that the ultra-Orthodox are a political opponent, not an enemy. As for the Joint List – they are definitely our enemy,” he stipulated.

Lieberman singled-out the leader of the Arab alliance, Aymen Odeh, who “boycotted Shimon Peres’ funeral and in the same week visited [Yasser] Arafat’s grave in Ramallah. The same Odeh who would not sign an agreement with Meretz because they are a Zionist party.”

The head of Yisrael Beiteinu reiterated his desire to form a “national unity government” compiled of the two biggest parties, Blue and White and the Likud. He added that going into a third election round over the argument of who comes first and second would be “childish.”

The current kingmaker wrote in a Facebook post Sunday night that "For all I care, they could flip a coin" to determine which leader would serve first as prime minister under a rotation deal in a broad unity government.

“As we promised the public, Yisrael Beitenu will do everything to force the two largest parties to form a broad liberal government,” he wrote again stating that it was a "childish argument" over who will be prime minister first that stands between the formation of a government or a third round of new elections.