Tzipi Livni
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Livni: Let's force Netanyahu to form different coalition
Hours after Lapid called on Hatnua, Labor to enter Netanyahu-led coalition, Tzipi Livni says, 'We either fight far-right government or force Netanyahu to form different coalition'
Hatnua Chairwoman Tzipi Livni on Saturday addressed the possibility of a united Left-Center bloc. "We must pledge ourselves not to serve as a fig leaf for an extremist government," she told potential voters in Ness Ziona. "We either fight a far-right haredi government, or we force Netanyahu to form a different coalition."


On Thursday, Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich announced she will not join a Netanyahu-led government. A day later, Livni called on the Lanor leader to meet her and form a counter-Netanyahu bloc.


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Yachimovich promptly expressed her willingness to meet in a text message to Livni. The two also called on Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid to join the bloc.


On Saturday, Lapid said he would be glad to meet with the two but stressed he won't rule out joining a Netanyahu-led government, in order to prevent a far-rightist government. He advocated forming a unity government.


Against this backdrop, Livni told potential voters, "We must do something. People will go out and vote if we all do the right thing and join forces. We must face the voting public and tell them, we're united."


She further added, "We can at the very least agree that we will not recommend Netanyahu to form the next government after the elections.


"The other thing we must do is agree on what happens the day after the elections - We're bigger than the Likud-Beiteinu which is taking a dive in polls and we can replace the government.


"I call on my friends to put personal issues aside at this critical time. Obviously everyone thinks they are the most qualified but we have an opportunity to inspire a huge number of undecideds to vote if we do the right thing."




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