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Netanyahu Has No Chance of Forming Gov’t Even After Third Election, Senior Likud Official Says

Meanwhile, kingmaker Lieberman says he has come under ‘a campaign of pressure and enticement’ to join narrow government led by Netanyahu

Chaim Levinson and Hagar Shezaf |  Dec 10, 2019 3:55 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s major rival in Likud, Gideon Sa’ar, said Tuesday that the premier won’t be able to form a governing coalition even if a third election cycle within a year takes place.

Speaking during a tour of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank, Sa’ar said that Netanyahu “doesn’t have a chance to form a government, even if we hold a third election,” adding that he doesn’t intend to leave Likud.

Likud is my home, where I’m running [for party leadership] and only there,” Sa’ar said.

Furthermore, Sa’ar noted that according to a poll released Monday by the Kan public broadcaster, if an election were to be held now, the right-wing bloc would be larger with Sa’ar at the helm of Likud than with Netanyahu.

Khan al-Ahmar is in the vicinity of the Jewish settlement of Kfar Adumim. It is home to several dozen families from the Jahalin Bedouin tribe. The tribe is originally from the Negev and was expelled to the West Bank in the 1950s.

The village was built without permission from Israeli planning authorities. In 2017, the Israeli government announced its intention to evacuate it.

Sa’ar said the evacuation needs to be proceed immediately. “If it had involved a Jewish outpost,” he said, “it would have been evacuated long ago.”

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