Israel’s ruling coalition to form emergency government: Netanyahu's Likud party

Ahram Online , Tuesday 10 Oct 2023

The Likud Party on Tuesday said all leaders of Israel’s ruling coalition parties have agreed to form an emergency government in the wake of Hamas’ surprise attack on Saturday.

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Benjamin Netanyahu. AP

 

The Likud Party is led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“All coalition leaders, without exception, support the formation of an emergency and national unity government, and I assigned Prime Minister Netanyahu to work on forming it,” the Likud announcement read.

The Israeli Haaretz newspaper quoted an anonymous minister in the Likud Party as saying, "our central goal is to form a unity government, and we are ready to abandon Itamar Ben Gvir (the extremist minister of national security)."

"In the end, we will all be happy to get rid of him," the minister added.

However, the anonymous minister confirmed that the party did not agree to abandon Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, even though he is an extremist like Ben Gvir, and has been the subject of much criticism.

He said that the reason for this is that Smotrich leads the Religious Zionism Party, many of whose members are now fighting against Hamas on the border.

"No one has any intention of abandoning him,” he added.

On Monday, opposition leader Yair Lapid says he would not join a government that includes Ben Gvir and Smotrich.

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