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With No Coalition in Sight, Netanyahu Insists More Elections Needed

With No Coalition in Sight, Netanyahu Insists More Elections Needed

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin on Tuesday addressed the latest speculations surrounding his failed bid to form a government, blaming his right-wing partners for intentionally foiling his efforts and calling on parliament to approve snap personal elections for the premiership alone. “It’s either that or a dangerous left-wing government with a token, fig-leaf right-wing party. Those are the two options remaining,” Netanyahu said. The prime minister, who has less than two weeks left to present a government before another candidate gets the nomination and a crack at it, accused Naftali Bennett, a former ally and current head of the right-wing Yamina party, of collaborating with Opposition Leader Yair Lapid on the way to a unity government that will unseat the incumbent. Netanyahu’s rather desperate proposal to hold personal elections seems unlikely to pass, with the prime minister already suffering a stinging defeat on Monday in a parliamentary vote that awarded the Lapid-Bennett bloc control of a key parliamentary committee.

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