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Lapid says chances of ‘change’ coalition ‘not high,’ but vows to try

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, who has nine days left to his presidential mandate to form a coalition, tells his Knesset faction he’ll “do everything to form a government. Anyone that wants to come and talk, my door is open. We’ll sit, we’ll talk, we’ll think together how to build the best possible government for the State of Israel and the citizens of Israel.”

“The chances might not be high,” he says, “but while there is a chance, however small, we will leave no stone unturned.”

He blames what he describes as the long series of troubles over the past month on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dysfunctional government.

Israel has seen two civilian disasters — at Mount Meron and in the Jerusalem suburb of Pisgat Ze’ev — in which poor infrastructure and the disregard of safety rules led to the deaths of participants at Haredi religious functions.

“The tragedy at Mount Meron, the disaster in Givat Ze’ev, the riots on the Temple Mount, the loss of control on the streets of mixed Arab-Jewish towns,” he says in the statement. “Look at how the public security minister attacked the chief of police that he himself appointed, at how the police collapsed and received no real backing, at how political corruption has become the standard.”

Netanyahu, he charges, “failed spectacularly” in the Gaza fight. “His government went into the operation without a strategy, without a functioning public diplomacy operation, without proper shelters for the citizens of the south, without a diplomatic vision and like always, without taking any responsibility.”

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