UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The leader of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, Avigdor Lieberman, said Israel is on the way to a third round of elections, blaming Likud party leader, prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu and leader of the Blue White Beni party Gantz, responsible for the failure to form a government of national unity.
Gantz has until midnight Wednesday to form a government, but without Lieberman’s support, he will not be able to form it.
Referring to Arab parties, Lieberman told a news conference on Wednesday: “We will not enter into a government supported directly or indirectly from the joint list.”
He attacked Arabs in the Knesset as spies, using the term “fifth column”.
Lieberman said he still hoped to avoid a third round of elections, but did not elaborate.
He pointed to the failure of his efforts with Netanyahu and Gantz, to form a government of national unity, describing the differences between the parties as “personal.”
In the event that Gantz is unable to form a government, the Knesset will have 21 days from tomorrow to find a person capable of forming the government, with the support of at least 61 Knesset members.
If this possibility fails, Israel will be headed for a new round of elections, which the media is likely to hold next March.
This year saw two rounds of elections, the first in April and the second in September, without the two major parties (Likud and Blue White) being able to form a government.
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