Rumblings on the center right

Moves are afoot to build a new center-right bloc united around a single goal – ousting Netanyahu as prime minister.

By LESLIE SUSSER
March 15, 2016 15:15
Avigdor Liberman

Yisrael Beytenu MK Avigdor Liberman ‏. (photo credit: KOBI ZOLTAK)

 
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IN LATE February, Yair Lapid and Avigdor Liberman dramatically summoned the Israeli media to the Knesset to lambast the Netanyahu government’s foreign policy failings.

Lapid, the centrist Yesh Atid leader, and Liberman, the far-right Yisrael Beytenu boss, had both been senior members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s previous administration. Now in opposition, under the banner of “fighting for Israel’s international standing,” they painted a bleak picture of ongoing diplomatic ineptitude and impending international isolation. Netanyahu, they charged, was “systematically destroying all Israel’s foreign policy achievements.” “Our international standing – in all the years of our existence since 1948 – has never been as bad,” Lapid declared.

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