Daily News Summary: Netanyahu issues last minute warning as election deadline looms

Prime Minister Netanyahu at a Likud political rally in Tel Aviv, November 17, 2019 (Photo: screenshot Youtube)

Netanyahu warns against minority government as deadline approaches:
At a rally in Tel Aviv Sunday night, Netanyahu warned about a minority government supported by the Arab Joint List party. “A minority government relying on the support of Knesset Members from the Joint List, who support terrorism, is a breaking point,” Netanyahu told the crowd, made up of hundreds of Likud activists and supporters.

According to Israel Hayom, MK Avigdor Liberman of Yisrael Beytenu party and Benny Gantz of Blue and White will give Netanyahu an ultimatum: either he will show up to negotiations without his right-wing bloc, or a minority government will be formed with the Arab parties. Netanyahu has thus far insisted on negotiating on behalf of a 55-member bloc from various right-wing parties, rather than on behalf of the Likud party only.

The minority government in question would consist of various left wing and centrist parties (including Yisrael Beytenu) voting in favor of the government, plus a few left wing parties (including 10 of the Joint List party members) abstaining from voting. A total of 56 Knesset Members would vote in favor of the government, as compared to 55 members from the right voting against, with 9 MKs abstaining.

The deadline for Benny Gantz to form a government will pass on Wednesday, which will be followed by a period of 21 days where any MK can be nominated to form a government if he receives a backing of 61 MKs.