Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives his first public statement since the official results of last week’s election came in, showing neither bloc has a clear path to a majority.
Unlike the previous three elections, this time, he says, “the people made their will known clearly… The public gave the right-wing parties a clear majority — of 65 seats.”
He includes both Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope and Naftali Bennett’s Yamina in the right-wing bloc, despite Sa’ar campaigning aggressively against sitting with Netanyahu and Bennett pushing to replace the premier.
Netanyahu claims a right-wing coalition with Likud, UTJ, Shas, Religious Zionism, Yamina and New Hope will be stable and be able to rule for years to come, allowing “all Israelis to benefit.”
“It can be established right away…and that’s what is required,” Netanyahu says.
“Any government other than a right-wing government will be a left-wing, unstable government and will be established in clear opposition to the ideology of the great majority of the public that voted for Likud and for other right-wing parties,” he says, neglecting to mention that New Hope’s mandate of six seats is built off of its refusal to sit with Netanyahu.
“Such a government with its internal contradictions would destroy all our achievements in recent years and would collapse very fast,” Netanyahu claims. “It would be a great disaster for the state of Israel.
“I appeal to you Naftali Bennett and Gideon Saar, it’s no secret that we’ve had differences over the years, but we’ve known how to get over them and work together for the benefit of Israel’s citizens,” Netanyahu says.
“The public decided that we have to sit together,” he continues. “I call upon you: come home, come back to your natural home — to the right.”
“Let’s unify and together and build a stable national government… a unified, stable, right-wing government that will look after, as we always have, all the citizens of Israel,” he concludes.