Labor No. 2: Neither Netanyahu nor Livni could forge coalition
MK Herzog: Labor may not recommend anyone be tapped PM considering Livni 'affair' with Lieberman.
Housing and Construction Minister Isaac Herzog said Tuesday that the Labor Party was considering not recommending anyone to form the next government coalition.
According to Herzog, Labor originally intended to recommend to President Shimon Peres that Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni be tapped to head the new government, but is reconsidering their recommendation following her increasing ties with Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu party.
"In light of the passionate affair between Tzipi Livni and Lieberman that has flourished in the past few days, my colleagues and myself will seriously consider not recommending anyone to the president," Herzog, who is No. 2 on the Labor list, told Army Radio.
Herzog also said that he has concluded, following talks with various senior political leaders around the world, including British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, that most of the global community does not view favorably the recent collaboration between Livni and Lieberman.
"The world sees such an alliance as an ultra right-wing move, and Israel's greatest supporters have told me that they have been left speechless," he said.
Herzog added that he believes neither Livni nor Netanyahu are capable of forming a government. "At this rate, I estimate that we will find ourselves in the midst of new elections within a few months."
After Kadima's responded positively to Yisrael Beitenu's offer to work together on Monday, Labor Party was quick to issue condemnations.
"The scam that is Kadima has now been exposed before all. If the leftist voters who gave their ballot to Livni would have known that they would awake the next morning to find themselves in bed with Lieberman, they would have demanded their votes back," said Labor Party whip Eitan Cabel.