Bennett Calls for Unity Government After Netanyahu Failed to Form Coalition

Bennett calls on all right-wing parties to join 'broad emergency government' in order to avoid fifth election

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Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem, earlier this week.
Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem, earlier this week.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
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Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett on Wednesday called on all political parties to join a "broad emergency government" in order to avoid a fifth election.

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"The truth is simple, Netanyahu failed to form a right-wing," Bennett said in a statement to the press. He said that he “left no stone unturned” in order to form a right-wing government, including last-minute efforts on Tuesday night to leave the door open for such a government, but that Netanyahu “slammed it shut."

He also called on all right-wing parties to join a "broad emergency government," which he said would “not easy for anyone” and “not necessarily a natural government” but was the only alternative to a fifth election.

Amid the submission of recommendations for prime minister, President Reuven Rivlin will deliver a statement about the mandate to form a government at 6.30 P.M. on Wednesday.  

Thus far, Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid leads the way, with 56 recommendations.

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