Gaps between Likud and Labor-Hatnua are too big to be contained in one coalition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday.
"Labor picked an extreme left-wing and anti-Zionist list. There is a gaping chasm between Likud, led by me, and Labor," he stated. "We will not cooperate with them in one government."
Netanyahu quoted several controversial statements by candidates in realistic spots on the Labor list: MK Merav Michaeli, who once said Israeli mothers should not send their sons to the army, MK Stav Shaffir, who, according to a book on the 2011 social protests, called Hatikva a racist song, Prof. Yossi Yona who said he does not connect to the concept of Zionism and Zuehir Bahloul, who said his Palestinian identity is stronger than his Israeli identity.
"The responsible and nationalist approach of Likud, led by me, does not have a meeting point with Tzipi [Livni] and Buji [Isaac Herzog's] left-wing list that now is clearly extremist," the prime minister added.