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After Liberman says he won’t recommend anyone, Yisrael Beytenu meets with Rivlin

President Reuven Rivlin meets with representatives from the Yisrael Beytenu party for consultations on who should form the next government.

Hours ahead of the meeting, Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman said he would not recommend either Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or Blue and White party chief Benny Gantz, citing the former’s alliance with the religious parties and what he called the latter’s entertaining of including ultra-Orthodox and Arab parties in a government.

Liberman vowed during the election campaign he would force a unity government between Yisrael Beytenu, Likud and Blue and White if neither could form a government without him and said he would recommend for prime minister whichever party leader back such a coalition.

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