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'If we dump haredi parties for Liberman, we won't have gov't'

Ze'ev Elkin

Ze'ev Elkin

צילום: אהוד אמיתון / TPS

Minister Ze'ev Elkin, a member of the Likud negotiating team, accused Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman of engaging in an "illogical ultimatum" in an interview with Channel 12 News.

Last night, Liberman stated that he will request that Gantz accept Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's compromise, while at the same time requesting that the Netanyahu agree to break up the 55-MK bloc.

If either Netanyahu or Gantz refuse to compromise, Liberman's party will support the other candidate.

"Liberman wants us to say goodbye to the harmed, but if we separate from the harmed and Liberman joins us then we won't have a government," Elkin said in response. The Haredi Shas and United Torah Judaism parties combine for 16 Kneeset seats, which are eight seats.

Minister Elkin also added that he wonders how Liberman's position on the Arab Knesset parties has changed. Until two weeks ago Liberman described them as a "fifth column," but Elkin believes that he is now prepared to sit together with them in a government. "What happened in those two weeks? Is Tibi already in the same government?"

He also noted that the president's outline that Liberman now speaks for the right-wing bloc. "Liberman, who spoke of loyalty, is ready to form a government with Ahmed Tibi."

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