MK Sharon Gal (Yisrael Beytenu) on Sunday night said he was “confident” that the chairman of his party, MK Avigdor Liberman, will one day be prime minister.
Speaking at a gathering of the Yisrael Beytenu central committee, Gal attacked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government and said that it is not a rightist coalition despite claiming to be so.
"Those who today look what happened in Kedumim – a shooting attack that has not received a response, and those who see the images of a Golani fighter being beaten and humiliated and not being backed up, and anyone looking at Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem and not seeing any construction, he realizes that the government is ‘supposedly’ right wing,” charged Gal.
"This is a government of all talk and no action," he continued. "There is a wild incitement of people within the Knesset against the State of Israel and the IDF.”
“In the end when you go with your inner truth and don’t zigzag, you become stronger and are going to lead the country. I am sure that Liberman will be prime minister,” added MK Gal.
Earlier on Sunday, it had been Liberman himself who expressed confidence that the Netanyahu government would soon fall.
Liberman said that he was “positive” that new elections would take place sometime in 2016 – and he told party members and MKs to get ready.
Also on Sunday, Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid said that he “smelled” new elections in the air. “This government's days are short,” he told the Knesset Channel. “The budget they have produced is one that indicates that they will no longer be in power in another year.”
Both Lapid and Liberman have vied for the prime minister's chair in the past, and both reportedly see the next election as their big – and perhaps last – chance.
Currently, the government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has only 61 members, and many political pundits believe that it is just a matter of time before a major coalition crisis crops up that will pull apart the government and make way for new elections.
While it's not clear that Netanyahu will run for a fifth term as Prime Minister if the current government falls, Lapid said that the country needed alternatives, “and the left is not supplying it.” Lapid confirmed a report from last week that former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi would join Yesh Atid, assuming that he was able to resolve several legal entanglements regarding real estate deals he was involved in. “We will be happy to welcome him to the team,” Lapid added.
Liberman, meanwhile, is getting ready with his own forces. "As a party we will undergo two important changes," he promised. "We will choose a new central committee, and we will be a force to contend with in the 2016 elections – and I can say with full confidence there will be such elections. Thus, we must invest and organize in two main areas – both getting the party's internal house in order, and recruiting new members and supporters.”