Netanyahu calls to block Israel’s newly formed coalition

Netanyahu calls to block Israel's newly formed coalition
Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured in March) says the new coalition is 'dangerous'. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lashed out at a newly agreed coalition which looks set to remove him from the office after 12 years as prime minister.

Mr Netanyahu called on right-wing members of the Israeli parliament to block the coalition from taking office.

Eight opposition parties reached an agreement to work together to form a new coalition government late on Wednesday.

But the group, from across the country’s political spectrum, still needs parliamentary backing to take office.

In his first comments since the coalition was announced, Mr Netanyahu urged members of the parliament “elected by votes from the right” to oppose the coalition.

In a post on Twitter, he criticised them as “dangerous” and “left-wing”.

Mr Netanyahu has previously called the proposed new government the “fraud of the century”, saying it endangered the state and people of Israel.

Observers have already noted that the prime minister – who failed to form his own coalition despite his Likud party winning the most seats in the March vote – is likely to try to prevent the group getting the support it needs.

The coalition, formed by Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, needs the parliamentary vote before being sworn in.

It is not clear how long this will take, and there is still a chance this newly formed alliance could be upended by defections.

Mr Lapid called President Reuven Rivlin to let him know the agreement had been reached on Wednesday night.

Mr Lapid, whose party came second in the election, pledged to form a government which would “work in the service of all Israeli citizens… respect its opponents and do everything in its power to unite and connect all parts of Israeli society”.

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