Bennett rejects Netanyahu's proposal - 'he burned bridges'

Now Lapid waiting for mandate

03 May, 16:12

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, MAY 3 - Israeli right-wing Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett has rejected a proposal made by Premier Benyamin Netanyahu that he become prime minister for a year in a rotation deal. "His proposal is incomprehensible: Netanyahu - he said - doesn't have a government in his hands because he burned all the bridges. As I have always told him, I am at his disposal, provided he is able to form a government. He didn't succeed and blames us". Bennett then explained that if Netanyahu will be able to form a government, "then we will try to make a national unity cabinet". "The most destructive thing - he concluded - is to go to new elections and Netanyahu is responsible".

    Meanwhile, the leader of centrist party Yesh Atid, Yair Lapid, said that he is ready to form a new government after the mandate given by President Reuven Rivlin to Netanyahu will expire tomorrow. "The time for a new government has come", he told the Knesset. "The groundwork is ready".

    According to Lapid, only two options are left: "either a government of national unity, solid, honorable and ready to work hard - or the fifth elections in two years". "There is an historic occasion", he continued. "We must break the barriers dividing Israeli society. We must unite secularists and religious people, right, left and center".

    Lapid clarified that he is expecting to be given a mandate to form a new government after Netanyahu renounces. (ANSAmed)

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