Will Netanyahu look to left or right to form government
By Ted Belman
As the voting day draws closer speculation increases and various parties consider their moves. Yacomovich and Livni talk about a united opposition. Lapid prefers to join the government. Netanyahu said he is open to a coalition that includes center-left parties providing they accept his principles. No surprise there.
But now Lieberman has said that the day after the elections he will separate from Likud. This means before the government is formed.
Livni, Yacomovich and Lapid are polling about 37 seats. Netanyahu and Lieberman about 36 seats. If Lieberman splits than Likud is down to 24 seats and Lieberman gets 12 seats. Thus Netanyahu could form a government with the 37. The only thing that could stop him from doing so is if a faction, 8 seats, of Likud splits and joins Leiberman 12 and Bennet 16 and Eldad 4. Total 40, against centre left with remaining, Likud 52. Shas could put Netanyahu slightly over the 60 seats required.
Will the left accept his principles and join or will Bibi yield on his principles?
If the left don’t unite with Bibi and if Lieberman joins Bennett then they will have the largest bloc 28 and could be invited to form the govenrnment. In this case it would join with Netanyahu and Lapid and Shas to form a government.