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Smotrich to Bennett: Failure to endorse Netanyahu will bring left-wing gov’t

At a press conference, Religious Zionism party chief Bezalel Smotrich urges Yamina chief Naftali Bennett to recommend that Benjamin Netanyahu form the next government when he meets with the president tomorrow.

He warns that “any recommendation you make tomorrow that is not for Netanyahu will take us closer with huge steps toward a left-wing government.”

He repeats he will do all he can to bring about a right-wing government led by Netanyahu.

Religious Zionism party head Bezalel Smotrich at a press conference, April 4, 2021. (video screenshot)

Bennett is rumored to be planning to recommend himself for the next prime minister.

Calling Bennett “my very real friend,” Smotrich says he’s “fearful that the bearhug by the left is blinding you.

“If you recommend yourself you will yourself bring about the downfall of a right-wing government and the formation of a left-wing government.”

He repeats that he will not support a government that is formed in cooperation with Ra’am party chief Mansour Abbas.

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