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MK Gilad Erdan, number two on the Likud party list, took to his Facebook page on Friday morning to clarify his decision to remain outside of Benjamin Netanyahu's fourth government. Erdan stated that the very character of the government is what made him chose not to join.
"I had hoped to continue to serve you properly in this government," wrote the former Interior and Communication Minister, "However, unfortunately, the proposal presented to me by the Prime Minister did not give me the necessary tools to impact the real change we need in the Ministry of the Interior."
Erdan explained that his childhood dream had been to serve the State of Israel and that his place in government was to serve the best interests of the public, Maariv reported. "I thank you for the confidence you have placed in me. I promise to continue to serve you faithfully as a member of Knesset from the front row. I know that job," he said.
"Personally, this is a complicated day for me and for all of my good friends who have accompanied me through my political career," wrote Erdan. "After a period of about six months where the country had come to a complete standstill, it is time to continue working."
Erdan was notably absent yesterday from the precursor discussions to the presentation of the new government on Thursday evening. Before entering the plenum for the swearing-in ceremony he said, "I am not what is important. I came to congratulate my friends who have been elected for the first time. The formation of the government, the formation of a Likud government, is a happy occasion for the citizens of Israel."