Chairman of the Yisrael Beitenu party, MK Avigdor Lieberman, was interviewed on Thursday morning, November 28, 2019, on ‘Radio Reka’, explaining that he is willing to join a Likud/chareidi coalition to stabilize it by bringing it to 63 seats. However, for this to occur, he calls on the prime minister to pressure the chareidi parties to make concessions on a number of matters pertaining to religion and state.”
This signals a major policy change by Lieberman, who until recently declared he is unwilling to enter into a coalition with the chareidim.
“Netanyahu is absolutely unwilling to pressure the chareidim to make concessions. At present, the stumbling block to forming a coalition is due to Netanyahu’s unwillingness to part from the chareidi-messianic bloc. It is like a Catholic wedding. They can never separate, and this is what is preventing Yisrael Beitenu from entering a coalition.”
He listed, “giyur, civil marriage, public transportation on Shabbos are the matters important to us. Netanyahu is unwilling to give us anything.”
He adds, “He always gives in to the Orthodox and all our attempts to not become involved in anything to do with public transportation [we ignored] because Netanyahu gave in to the chareidim – Litzman and Gafne. We cannot permit ourselves to enter into such a coalition.”
Lieberman added he did not wish to place himself in the argument between Netanyahu and the heads of Blue & White regarding the identity of the government that will be in charge during the first portion of a rotation agreement.
“The two parties decided not to work together, and they will not even make the smallest concession. Blue & White wishes to be first and Netanyahu also does not want to give in. There is a stubbornness that cannot be understood. Netanyahu could agree to permit Gantz to serve first and in the interim; he would take a break to deal with his trials. It is a stubbornness that can’t be understood.”
Likud MK Miki Zohar in a tweet called on PM Netanyahu to summon Lieberman for a meeting today (Thursday).
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)