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Mon Jun 17, 2019, 12:56 PM

Lapid backs Liberman's call for Likud-Blue and White unity government

The Blue and White party’s No. 2 Yair Lapid on Sunday backed a call by Yisrael Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman for a unity government led by the opposition party, and partnered with the Likud, after the September national elections.

“A unity government headed by Blue and White is the right thing for Israel,” Lapid posted on Twitter.

"We need a government that is working to fix the challenges of the country and not with the legal challenges of the prime minister,” he said, adding that he is “happy that [Avigdor] Liberman also understands this was the right thing.”

On Saturday, Liberman told Channel 13 News that after the upcoming elections he would force an “emergency” coalition with the Likud and Blue and White parties to block ultra-Orthodox parties from entering the government.

His call for an emergency government involving both parties amounts to a demand for a government without Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, though he did not spell this out in the interview, since Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has vowed not to join a government led by the incumbent prime minister, who is facing indictment in three criminal cases.


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