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Likud MK: I would’ve formed gov’t if given chance, Netanyahu chose opposition

Then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-finance minister Israel Katz attend the swearing in of the new government, at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on June 13, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-finance minister Israel Katz attend the swearing in of the new government, at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on June 13, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Likud MK Israel Katz says that former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not take up his proposal to give another lawmaker from the right-wing party another crack at forming a government.

“I suggested to Netanyahu at the time, if he is offering the head of every small party to be prime minister, then he could let me be prime minister,” Katz tells Channel 12 news.

Katz asserts that if given the chance to assemble a coalition, he “definitely” would have succeeded in doing so.

“I think I was right on this, and it’s too bad that didn’t happen. But Netanyahu decided that he will go on to be opposition leader and we respect this.”

The former finance minister also says he’ll contend for leadership of the party when Netanyahu decides he will no longer seek back the premiership from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

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