Israel Election Results: Lieberman Chides Netanyahu as ‘Most Flexible Man’

Kingmaker blasts PM for playing political games, says he's willing to do 'anything to keep the prime minister’s chair.'

Avigdor Lieberman, September 17, 2019.
Olivier Fitoussi

Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the coalition talks and for zig-zagging since the April election.

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“Stop your game of assigning the blame for a third round of elections," Lieberman added, "and perhaps we’ll hear even before Rosh Hashanah that we have a government, at least in principle.”

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The criticism came hours before Netanyahu was tasked by President Reuven Rivlin to try to form the government.

In a Facebook post, Lieberman said, “Since the April 9 elections, we’ve seen Netanyahu’s unlimited flexibility and its effects. From the pained cry that ‘The Arabs are flocking to the polls’ and the cameras law, to the feverish talks with the Joint List, including Balad, through MK Miki Zohar and Natan Eshel, and the readiness to give Avi Gabbay half the kingdom. Anything to keep the prime minister’s chair." 

"History has proven that when Bibi wants to he can be the most flexible man in the world,” the post concluded.

The Central Elections Committee announced the final elections results, which showed that Likud had gained another seat, rising to 32, at the expense of United Torah Judaism, which dropped to seven. This brought Likud within one seat of Kahol Lavan’s 33.