Despite the accusations of several MKs, Labor-Hatnua leader Tzipi Livni’s last-minute dropout as premier is not due to “pressure” and is not a “ploy,” Livni and party chairman Yitzhak Herzog insisted Monday night.
“It’s really not due to last-minute pressure,” Herzog stated on Channel 2. “Today Livni told me very gently, ‘if the rotation agreement is an obstacle to the establishment of a government in any way, I will not stand in the way.”
If anything, Herzog opined, Netanyahu’s response indicates “a very big panic,” and that ultimately, “the good of the State of Israel is above all” other considerations.
Herzog also hinted that talk about a unity government is “nonsense.” Earlier this week, he told Walla! News that he would not join a unity government under Netanyahu, but would allow Netanyahu to join his own government.
Livni reiterated that the move was “not a tactic” and that despite the choice to abdicate, she is still “together” in terms of leadership with Herzog for the party.
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