Hatnua MK Amram Mitzna said Saturday that he will make every effort to convince his party members to leave the coalition and bring an end to the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I will do everything in my power to convince my colleagues in the government to leave the [coalition] and bring about the end of this government,” he said at an event in Kfar Saba. “If it were up to me, Hatnua would leave the government today.”
Mitzna said that it had become clear that Netanyahu would not lead Israel to a political agreement with the Palestinians and that the country is well on its way to becoming isolated.
The six-seat centrist Hatnua, led by Tzipi Livni, has repeatedly been called upon by the opposition to leave the government since peace talks with the Palestinians collapsed in April following a unity deal between the PLO and Hamas. Livni was the lead negotiator during talks with the Palestinians and serves as justice minister in the current government.
Last week, opposition leader and Labor party head Isaac Herzog blamed the US and EU recognition of the Hamas-backed Palestinian unity government on the “complete collapse of Israeli foreign policy” under Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman. “Netanyahu and Liberman failed to understand the international arena,” he said.
In April, Herzog called on Livni and Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid to abandon the government and form a coalition with Labor that would make serious advances towards peace.
Netanyahu and other members of the coalition have steadfastly refused to negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas, which Israel and most of its western allies consider a terrorist organization, unless it recognizes Israel, agrees to adopt previous agreements and renounces violence.
The US, the EU and the UN, however, have all indicated that they will work with the new Palestinian government.
Israel had castigated the US over its position, arguing that by maintaining ties with a government supported by a terror group, the US was indicating to PA President Mahmoud Abbas that it was okay to “form a government with a terrorist group.”
The Palestinian Authority swore in the new unity government last Monday.