Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned right-wing voters that casting a ballot for another conservative party than his Likud could raise the chance of the left being able to form a government after the election next week.
Netanyahu made his remarks after three polls showed Likud winning 21 seats against 25 for the rival Zionist Camp.
Recent political tensions and strife in Israel culminated on Tuesday, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he had fired his finance and justice ministers, Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni, whom he accused of undermining the government and plotting a legal “putsch” against him.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has excluded religious parties that propped up his previous governments from his latest coalition in order to pull in centrists who emerged with strong support from January’s election.
The parties led by former television personality Yair Lapid and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni won nineteen and six seats in the Knesset, respectively, appealing mainly to middle-class voters with promises to overhaul the education system, reduce a housing shortage and abolish the military draft exemption for Jewish seminary students. Read more “Netanyahu Excludes Religious Parties from Ruling Coalition”
Benjamin Netanyahu is fending off a right-wing challenge ahead of Israel’s parliamentary election later this month, urging conservative voters to stick with his Likud party and not defect to the far right.
In a number of local radio interviews, the Israeli leader maintained that the only way for the right to remain in power “is to vote for me.”
Any other vote, by those who want me as prime minister and don’t vote for me, increases the chance that the left will return to govern and lead the country instead of us.