Prime Minister Netanyahu gives a televised speech after President Reuven Rivlin tasks Yesh Atid chief Yair Lapid with forming a government, following the premier’s failure to do so before last night’s deadline.
As in past speeches, Netanyahu first trains his fire on Yamina chief Naftali Bennett, lashing him for refusing to rule out a unity government with Lapid.
“The truth is simple. This will be a dangerous left-wing government,” Netanyahu says.
Netanyahu again implores Bennett to reject a government with Lapid, claiming he and the Yamina leader can together form a right-wing government. However, he doesn’t say how such a government would secure sufficient support in the Knesset to be sworn in.