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Blue and White official: 'Best thing' for Israel is 'Zionist unity government'

Israeli MK Yoaz Hendel, 11 February 2019 [Twitter]
Israeli MK Yoaz Hendel, 11 February 2019 [Twitter]

A senior Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) MK speculated yesterday that his party would be open to forming a minority government with right-wing factions, if the March election produces no majority coalition.

"I hope we will get enough seats to form our own government, and after that the Likud will join. If the Likud is not willing to join, then we will start with a minority government with [Avigdor] Lieberman and others," MK Yoaz Hendel told Channel 13 News, and as reported by Arutz Sheva.

"The best thing for the State of Israel is a Zionist unity government and that is the aspiration even now," Hendel added.

The MK stressed that Blue and White would never go into government with the Joint List: "There is no government with the Joint List, there was no such thing and there will not be such a thing."

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He later tweeted that he meant "a minority government with Zionist parties" but did not elaborate.

As part of the interview, Hendel also addresses the Trump administration's proposed plan.

"The Trump plan has great achievements, but actions are just as important – and not only the talking. I find it difficult to see the Palestinians meeting the conditions of the peace plan."

Responding later to Hendel's remarks, the pro-settler, right-wing party Yamina stated: "It turns out that the card up the sleeve of Evet [Lieberman], who is coordinated with [Benny] Gantz, is the establishment of a minority government with support of the Joint List."

"Lieberman, Blue and White, Meretz and the Joint List are coordinated on forming an extreme left-wing government that will depend on the whims of Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi."

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