Lieberman Says Netanyahu’s Political Career Is Over, He ‘Can No Longer Be PM’

Yisrael Beiteinu leader vows his party won’t recommend Netanyahu to be tasked with forming a government after Israel’s March 2 election, but says ‘would very much like to see’ the premier’s party in a future coalition

Feb 21, 2020

Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday that Benjamin Netanyahu “can no longer be prime minister,” as far as he’s concerned.

Lieberman told Israeli news website Walla that Netanyahu’s political career has come to an end, adding that “Netanyahu has been in power for too long and has lost the instincts and the motivation to work and do what is necessary.”

Moreover, Lieberman categorically ruled out that his party would recommend President Reuven Rivlin that Netanyahu be tasked with forming a government after the general election on March 2. He added, however, that he “would very much like to see Netanyahu’s Likud as one of the parties forming the next governing coalition.”

When asked whether Benny Gantz‘s Kahol Lavan had offered him to join a government with the Joint List, an alliance of four Arab-majority parties, Lieberman said that this “is out of the question. The Joint List is a party that supports terror, they’re illegitimate, they can’t be part of a government structure, not from within and not from outside.”