Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the new government will not last long during a meeting of party heads supporting him and now in the opposition, repeating his message that it is based on “fraud, hate and power-seeking” and too fractured to succeed.
Without mentioning Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Netanyahu demands “iron discipline” and cohesion from the opposition in order to make life harder on the coalition and “bring redemption to the people and State of Israel.”
He says similar meetings to today’s will be held every Monday at 1:30 p.m., before the weekly faction meetings.
“If we work towards that goal we will succeed, but if we clash with each other we won’t,” he says, in possible implicit criticism aimed at Likud MK David Bitan who earlier today blamed Religious Zionism party chief Bezalel Smotrich for Netanyahu’s ouster.
Netanyahu is introduced by Likud MK Miki Zohar as prime minister. He then said: “For me, you’ll always be prime minister.”
Shas party leader Aryeh Deri also starts his address by mistakenly calling Netanyahu “Mr. prime minister.”
When he apologizes and tries to correct himself, Netanyahu jokes: “You can call me ‘Your highness.'”