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Liberman said planning to rally anti-Netanyahu bloc to pass law disqualifying PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and leader of the Yisrael Beytenu political party Avigdor Liberman at the Knesset on May 25, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and leader of the Yisrael Beytenu political party Avigdor Liberman at the Knesset on May 25, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yisrael Beytenu party leader has been urging other party leaders in the bloc of opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to use their apparent majority — including Ra’am, which is still on the fence — to “take over the Knesset” and pass a law disqualifying Netanyahu and other criminal defendants from forming a government, according to the Maariv daily.

Despite just 88% of the votes being tallied, Liberman estimates that the remaining votes won’t push the pro-Netanyahu bloc above its current 59 lawmakers, according to the unsourced report.

It says Liberman has spoken to many senior members of the anti-Netanyahu bloc and told them: “We must replace the Knesset speaker, take control of the Knesset’s Arrangements Committee, Finance Committee and Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.”

He says that even if the differences between the various parties could make forming a coalition together impossible, they can collaborate to pass laws such as the law to disqualify Netanyahu.

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