By Israel Hayom—-
Yisrael Beytenu’s Avigdor Lieberman was not in good spirits Wednesday afternoon when he predicted that Israel was likely on its way to a third election, just two months after Israelis went to the polls in what was in an of itself a revote.
Speaking at a press conference, Lieberman ruled out joining in a narrow right-wing government or a minority government and said both Likud and Blue and White were to blame for this impasse.
“We won’t enter a government-backed directly or indirectly by the Joint List,” he said. “We are now on a sure path toward another election.”
He blasted both the Joint Arab List and ultra-Orthodox parties for being “anti-Zionist” and posing a direct threat to Israel’s security.
Lieberman also slammed the Likud for giving in to ultra-Orthodox demands and said he would no longer allow the country to be “extorted” by religious parties.
However, he said, anything can still happen in the next 24 hours.
“Who knows what will happen tonight,” he said. “Maybe we’ll all be smarter in the morning.”
Lieberman revealed that he turned down enticing offers by Likud and Blue and White, but ultimately, had to do what he thought was in the best interest of the country.
He called for the country to undergo many electoral reforms, including adopting a law mandating that every citizen vote (like Australia) and urged Zionist parties to come to some sort of consensus on religion and state issues. Continue Reading….