By Micah Halpern
Wednesday July 31, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
Avigdor Lieberman, the head of Yisrael Beitaynu, declared that the only way for his party to join the next coalition would be that will demand three points.
#1: There must be a mandatory draft for the ultra -orthodox.
#2: Public transport must be accessible on Shabbat.
#3: Civil marriages must be permitted and instituted.
These demands signify that, almost certainly, Yisrael Beitaynu will not be part of the next government.
It also means that the right needs to gather the required 60 members of government without Lieberman's party which is one of the right-wing parties.
We do not know how many seats Yisrael Beitaynu will earn in the September election. But we do know that the reason there is a second election taking place in September is because Lieberman refused to join the Netanyahu coalition in April, thereby torpedoing the possibility for Netanyahu to form a government.
In the end - what did he really gain?
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