Lieberman Nixes Unity Government


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Yisrael Beiteinu party leader Avigdor Lieberman, who is projected to be the kingmaker in Israel’s March 2 elections, appeared to rule out a unity government on Thursday, potential throwing future coalition talks into chaos.

“It is clear that a unity government will not be formed,” Lieberman said, according to the Times of Israel. “It didn’t happen the previous two times.”

Lieberman did drop a hint that he might sit in a government led by the centrist Blue and White party, backed up by smaller center-left parties.

Referring to Labor party leader Amir Peretz, Lieberman said, “I sat in a government with Peretz and I had no problem getting along.”

In the end, he added, “It all depends on the baseline,” meaning his calls for reforms in the religion-state status quo that prevails in Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Lieberman’s statement by saying, “Only voting for Likud will prevent fourth elections and the establishment of a government that is a danger to Israel.”

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