Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu recommends that Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid be tasked with forming the next coalition.
But, adds Liberman, “if we see [later on in the coalition-building process] that there’s another candidate who has a better chance, we won’t boycott anyone and we’ll support anyone to prevent a fifth election, it doesn’t matter who it is.”
“We won’t support Netanyahu. I think we must end his rule,” adds Liberman.
His endorsement brings Lapid’s backers to 39; Netanyahu’s to 46; Bennett’s to 7.
Liberman criticizes Netanyahu for Israel’s economic crisis, 6,000 deaths from the pandemic, and political deadlock.
If Netanyahu would step aside, any Likud member could form a government, says Liberman.
President Reuven repeats that he’s still skeptical a government will be formed.
He appears to chide Liberman for comments he made in the past against the ultra-Orthodox, saying he was asked to convey that the Haredim were hurt by his criticism.