Likud officials reached out to Ra’am party head Mansour Abbas to take his temperature on joining an effort to pass legislation disqualifying Benjamin Netanyahu from being prime minister being planned by incoming MKs from the so-called anti-Netanyahu bloc, Walla reports.
According to the report, which cites “political sources,” Abbas told them that he was not in favor of laws aimed against specific individuals, but the party’s position on the matter had not been finalized.
Likud denies the report, calling it “total lies.”
Speaking to Channel 12 news, Abbas remains coy on whether he will back Netanyahu or Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, indicating that he’s keeping his options open.
Within Likud, the possibility of cooperating with the Islamist party has inflamed passions.
Former coalition head David Bitan, a Likud MK, tells Kan that bringing in Ra’am as a coalition partner “is not something that would cause harm.”
With five seats projected for Ra’am, the party is regarded as holding the key to power for both the pro- and anti-Netanyahu blocs.