Shas recommends ‘only Netanyahu’ to form coalition

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

The third party to meet with President Rivlin, the ultra-Orthodox Shas, says it will recommend “Netanyahu and only Netanyahu” to form the next coalition and head the next government.

“Throughout the entire election campaign, we have said clearly that we will only support Netanyahu as prime minister. And that is what we are here to say today,” MK Yinon Azoulay tells Rivlin.

“We believe he is the only one who can bring about a 61-[seat] majority. How will it happen? We believe it will,” Azulay says in response to questioning from Rivlin about how Netanyahu will be able to muster enough support.