Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein receives a letter signed by coalition heads expressing their intention to advance the Likud bill to dissolve the government after negotiations between the parties broke down.
The letter is submitted at Eledstein’s request, and includes Liberman’s signature.
Earlier, Liberman said at a press conference that he would not join a “halachic government” and backed the measure to dissolve the Netanyahu-led government.
The Likud party tells Liberman not to participate in the toppling of a right-wing government, after the Yisrael Beytenu chairman announced that his secularist party would not join a Netanyahu-led government.
“The faction heads have agreed that the minute Liberman signs the coalition agreement, the the coalition negotiations with all the other parties will conclude, based on the understanding that have already been reached,” the party says in a statement.
“We are inviting Liberman to join us today, and not have a hand in toppling a right-wing government,” says the statement released in response to Liberman’s press conference.
Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avidgor Liberman says there is no way his party will join a Netanyahu-led government, saying that during negotiations “we made clear that we have no intention of compromising our values.”
“We will not be partners in a halachic government,” he says at a press conference ahead of a plenum vote to dissolve the Knesset.
He says his secularist Yisrael Beytenu party will vote in favor of a Likud-drafted bill to dissolve the Knesset later today.
Liberman accuses Likud of spreading lies about the negotiations in a bid to make it appear that his opposition to the coalition agreement was a personal vendetta.
“We were very practical and very clear, but Likud is trying to create a narrative of a personal vendetta using their propaganda machine.”