Lapid, whose party secured 19 Knesset seats in Tuesday's national elections, effectively making it the second-largest party in the Knesset, said Wednesday "We will not team with (Balad MK) Zoabi to form an obstructive bloc – that is just not going to happen. The results of the election are clear and we have to work accordingly."
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But Gal-On, whose parry doubled its representation from three to six seats, said "Huge challenges await us – (US President Barack) Obama, the international community, settlements, the deficit and tax increases.
If Netanyahu does not succeed in passing the budget within 45 days, the government could fall."
Gal-On: Netanyahu will fall (Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv)
"There is no way Netanyahu will be able to face these challenges without a unity government," Gal-On said this week.
In the meantime there will be an obstructive bloc. It all depends on Lapid. In our scenario, the next elections will be held within a year from today."
Addressing Meretz's achievement in the elections, Gal-On said "I am particularly thrilled because when I was elected party chairwoman there was a delegitimization campaign against the Left. Being a leftist was almost considered treason.
But I decided not to give up and I refused to heed the advice of people who told me to talk less about peace and be a bit more socially-oriented. I said that all my life I have fought for equality, justice and liberty, so I talks about peace as well as about social issues.
The leftist voting public saw a brave party that does not zigzag or seeks support from the shallow center," she said.
Gal-On admitted that she did not foresee the near tie between the Left and Right political blocs following the elections: "I didn’t think this would happen. I thought the Right would be stronger and the next government would be more extreme."
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