Lapid: There are plenty of obstacles in the way of the formation of coalition

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid acknowledges “plenty of obstacles” in forming a government of right-wing, centrist and left-wing parties, but expresses hope the issues can be resolved.

“There are still plenty of obstacles in the way of the formation of the new government. Maybe that’s a good thing because we’ll have to overcome them together. That’s our first test. To see if we can find smart compromises in the coming days to achieve the greater goal. In a week the State of Israel can be in a new era. Suddenly it will be quieter, ministers will go to work without inciting, without lying, without trying to instill fear all the time,” he says.

Yesh Atid party chief Yair Lapid leads a faction meeting at the Knesset on May 24, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Lapid condemns Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech yesterday in which he railed against the emerging government that would remove him from power.

“If you want to know why we have to change the leadership in Israel, go and listen to Netanyahu’s speech. It was a dangerous and unhinged speech by someone who has no limits anymore. His weakness weakens us all.

“That’s exactly why we must form the government we’re trying to form. A government of people from the right, left and center who say to the Israeli public – we know how to work together and we don’t hate one another,” says Lapid.

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