Lapid ‘Won’t Play’ Coalition Game Before Elections

Despite abundant criticism for its chairman, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Yair Lapid refuses to rule out the possibility of cooperating with the Likud party in the formation of the next government. 

On the Monday morning Channel Ten News program "Orly and Guy," the Yesh Atid Chairman said that he was not making commitments prior to elections, and would decide only after March 17 how to approach a coalition. 

"If you have enough political power you can do anything, in any situation," Lapid claimed. I'm not going to join the game of which coalition will be formed because people are tired of it." 

Nothing that he did not think Netanyahu should be prime minister again, Lapid acknowledged that "there will be elections, there will be results – then ask me."

On Saturday, Lapid was slightly less vague about which was his party was leaning, stating that he would not be part of a government that will make changes to the draft law passed in the previous Knesset.

His comments came amid reports that Netanyahu had told haredi reporters he would invite the haredi parties into his next coalition and work to remove the part of the draft law that imposes criminals sanctions on haredim who evade army service.

However, while noting he had no desire for Netanyahu to remain prime minister, he added that Yesh Atid would not support the Labor party and Yitzhak Herzog because it is a leftist party.

In Monday's interview, the former Finance Minister was also questioned about criticism he has received from opponents, particularly Labor's economy point man and one of his previous consultants, Manuel Trajtenberg, as well as Kulanu's #2, Yoav Galant, who had been offered a spot in Yesh Atid before joining Kulanu. 

"It's depressing to see people who have only been in politics for five minutes already attacking others and saying negative things about them," Lapid opined. 

"Trajtenberg is a good man. He thought I was very worthy when he was the head of my advisory committee. He never gave me such criticism when we worked together."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191730

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