Liberman: Likud, Blue and White must put egos aside, form unity government

Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman on Saturday called again for the Likud party, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, and Blue and White, led by Benny Gantz, to form a broad unity government, urging them to “stop the games” and to “put their egos aside.”

Speaking in a Channel 12 interview Saturday, Liberman said a Likud-Blue and White unity government was the “only good option” going forward, days after Gantz was officially tasked with forming a government following Netanyahu’s failure to do so himself.

Liberman said the other three “terrible” options were a minority government led by Gantz, a minority government led by Netanyahu, and a third round of elections.

Israel’s September elections – the second in six months – delivered a political deadlock. Netanyahu emerged with 32 seats for Likud to lead a bloc of 55 MKs from right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties (Shas: 9; United Torah Judaism: 7 and Yamina: 7). He was initially tasked with forming a coalition based on the strength of this bloc.