Likud’s Katz: I would’ve been able to form coalition; Netanyahu chose opposition

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Likud’s Katz: I would’ve been able to form coalition; Netanyahu chose opposition
Former finance minister says ‘too bad’ ex-PM didn’t step down from party leadership to enable right-wing government, but adds he respects decision
By TOI staff

Likud MK and former finance minister Israel Katz said Saturday night that he would have had no problem putting together a right-wing coalition following the last elections had former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu relinquished the party leadership, in another sign of growing distrust of the opposition chief within his own party. Speaking with Channel 12 news, Katz repeated his claim that Netanyahu had rejected his proposal to give another lawmaker from the right-wing party a crack at forming a government, dooming the faction to the opposition.

“I suggested to Netanyahu at the time that since he is offering the head of every small party to be prime minister [in a rotation deal], then he could let me be prime minister,” Katz told Channel 12 news about the period immediately before the new government was formed last month. Katz has previously been reported to say that he had suggested Netanyahu temporarily step aside to enable the formation of a right-wing government, since former Likud lawmaker Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party had said it could join forces with Likud if it wasn’t led by Netanyahu. Katz asserted Saturday that had he been given the chance to assemble a coalition, he “definitely” would have succeeded in doing so.

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