Lieberman Won’t Recommend Gantz or Netanyahu as PM

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, during a meeting with local residents in Mitzpe Gadot, Northern Israel, overlooking the Golan Heights,Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. Lieberman said during his tour of the area that the Golan Heights will always be an inseparable part of Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
AP/Ariel Schalit

The Times of Israel reports: Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman on Sunday said his right-wing party will not recommend any candidate for prime minister during its consultations with President Reuven Rivlin later in the evening.

In his remarks, Liberman — whose party won eight seats in last week’s election — said he could recommend for the task of forming the next coalition neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Blue and White’s Benny Gantz, who could receive the endorsement of the predominantly Arab Joint List.

“In the Knesset there is a party that is trying to destroy us from within, and in the best case scenario, they belong in parliament in Ramallah, not in Israel,” said Liberman, referring to the Joint List. “Therefore we cannot recommend Benny Gantz. Therefore our recommendation to the president is that we won’t recommend anyone.”

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