Labor MKs Refuse Possibility of Unity Government

March 2, 2015  

Several Labor-Hatnua candidates have begun organizing protests against the possibility of their party forming a unity government with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. 

While several months ago, Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog noted his refusal to join a Netanyahu government, he has been less vocal on the matter in recent weeks. 

As a result, Labor MK Mickey Rosenthal declared during campaigning for the 20th Knesset that he would not agree to join a government under Netanyahu’s leadership. 

Additionally, other Labor MKs have begun to unofficially organize against a unity government. These include former Labor heads Amir Peretz and Shelly Yechimovich, as well as Stav Shaffir. 

The Prime Minister, for his part, has repeatedly claimed he has no intention of forming a unity government with the Labor-Hatnua list’s co-leaders Herzog and Tzipi Livni. 

However, despite arguing that there is a “deep ideological rift” between himself and Labor, on Sunday morning Yechimovich revealed in a radio interview that she had been Netanyahu’s first call after the 2013 elections. 

Do you know who Netanyahu called first after being elected prime minister in the previous elections? Me, when I was head of the Labor party. And do you know the first party that joined his coalition and signed an agreement? Hatnua led by Tzipi Livni,” she argued.

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