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Netanyahu: Minority government would be a gift for Iran, Hamas

The prime minister, who spoke at an 'emergency summit' of right-wing bloc, also lashed out at Blue and White co-founder Yair Lapid, saying he’d be ‘wearing shtreimel and putting on tefillin’ if the ultra-Orthodox agreed to join his faction

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said a minority government relient on Arab parties would be a “dream come true” for the terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as their sponsor Iran. His comments came with just hours left for his political rival, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, to form a coalition.

 

 

Speaking at an “emergency summit” attended by all right-wing bloc factions, the prime minister reiterated the notion that a Gantz-led minority government that would include the Arab-dominated Joint List could pose a threat to Israel’s security.

 

Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri and Prime Minister Netanyahu at 'emergency summit' (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri and Prime Minister Netanyahu at 'emergency summit' (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)

 

"A minority government supported by the Arabs is a dream government for Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran,” said Netanyahu. “In Ramallah and Tehran they will be celebrating. And there is a real possibility that within the next 48 hours a minority government will be formed."

 

He went on to emphasize he doesn’t intend to ostracize Israel’s Arab community but rather “the MKs who want support terrorism and organizations that aim to destroy Israel. I am not just crying wolf, there is indeed a wolf.”

 

Netanyahu also lashed at the Blue and White party and its leaders, saying MK Yair Lapid would welcome the ultra-Orthodox parties with open arms into their coalition government.

 

Blue and White MKs Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
Blue and White MKs Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)

 

“Members of the ultra-Orthodox factions can attest to the talks they’ve had with them (Blue and White), Yair Lapid was ready to wear a shtreimel (fur hat worn by married Haredi Jewish men) and put on tefillin to make the parties join him.”

 

Gantz then responded to Netanyahu’s remarks, urging him to stop “lashing out at Arab MKs,” and called on Israel’s leader to return to the negotiating table in an effort to form a broad unity government.

 


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