Likud threatens new elections in the light of the failure of Netanyahu and Lieberman negotiations

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will submit a bill to dissolve the Knesset and head for new elections in light of the failure of negotiations with Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman.

While it is estimated that Likud's threats to the choice option come in the context of pressure on Lieberman, Lieberman and his close associates are quoted as rejecting any "concessions on the draft law" and what he sees as "core issues", primarily religion and state.

Although the negotiations began quietly, as the first period of time for Netanyahu to form the government expired, and an additional period of two weeks was extended, Israeli media reports said the negotiations between Lieberman and Netanyahu had already reached an impasse.

At the same time, the pressure is focused on the Yahdut-Torah party, which opposes the draft law drafted by Lieberman and his party when he served as Israel's defense minister. The Likud negotiating team is trying to persuade the ultra-Orthodox bloc to make some immediate concessions.

"Lieberman promised his voters that he will support the formation of a right-wing government headed by Netanyahu, and now it is impossible with all possible excuses to thwart the formation of this government, which could lead to the formation of a leftist government," the Likud said in a statement issued by the party.

The newspaper "Israel Today" informed sources in the Likud that Lieberman has decided not to participate in the government, according to sources from the Likud, the only way to form a government is to go to the elections.

The report quoted informed political sources that Netanyahu will not allow Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Rivlin, the re-delegation of another Knesset member to form a government, because Rivlin may cost another Knesset member to form a government, and this is not allowed by Netanyahu, so the only way to form a government will be Through new elections. A Likud source estimated that if a bill to dissolve the Knesset was put forward, it would win a parliamentary majority.

In an attempt to sign coalition agreements, Netanyahu met Thursday with the heads of the parliamentary and ultra-Orthodox parties, including Betzalel Smutritch, Rafi Peretz for the Union of Right Parties, Aryeh Deri for Shas, and Yiftachel for Yidut-Torah, on the assumption that Lieberman will remain outside. Coalition. Netanyahu thus forms a government in a narrow coalition that does not exceed half the number of seats in parliament, so that its coalition is limited to 60 Knesset members.

Officials in Israel Beiteinu said Lieberman and his parliamentary bloc would vote against a narrow coalition government of 60 seats.

This comes less than 24 hours after the reports confirmed that Netanyahu reached a preliminary agreement with Lieberman, under which the latter receives the post of Minister of Security in the event of joining the coalition government. While the newspaper "Yediot Aharonot" reported that not all the differences between Netanyahu and Lieberman. Apart from the basic issues related to the law of conscription and the issue of religion and state, there are differences between the parties about the representative of "Yisrael Beitenu" in the Knesset Interior Committee.

Netanyahu is racing the time when his term of office is nearing completion, and although negotiations with the parties have been going on for a month and a half, no agreements have been signed so far.

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