Speaker of Knesset: Lapid formed new cabinet: Israeli media
Israeli media says that the Speaker of Knesset announced before the General Assembly that Yair Lapid was able to form a new cabinet, leaves uncertainty on date for swearing-in the new government.
The speaker of Knesset Yariv Levin announced that the chairman of the "Yesh Atid" party, Yair Lapid, was able to form a new government but did not specify the date of the swearing-in of said government.
Israeli media quoted Yariv Levin as saying that the current situation is unacceptable, where coalition agreements are hidden from Knesset members and the public. "The agreements must be submitted to the Knesset secretariat immediately with their signature to allow public discussion about them and so that Knesset members know which government they will vote on."
Knesset member of the "Yamina" party, Amichai Chikli, who opposes his party's participation in the upcoming government, said that Netanyahu would not be able to capture dissidents from his party before voting on the new government soon, according to i24.
Commenting on the threats received by party members due to their participation in the upcoming Israeli government, which includes centrist and leftist parties, he said that the main test of authority is its ability to transfer power smoothly and without violence, adding, "We are not facing the destruction of Israel, we are forming a government. This is a crisis for some people, especially supporters of Benjamin Netanyahu, but we must maintain the limits of dialogue and follow democratic principles."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the new 'Change Government' that makes Israelis feel conned, asserting that it will not be able to confront Iran and launch attacks on Gaza.
He said, commenting on the formation of Naftali Bennett's and Yair Lapid's government by saying that "We are witnessing an election deceit the likes of which has never happened."
Earlier, Shin Bet security agency Director Nadav Argaman warned of political assassinations in light of the division, adding that the heated debate "may allow violent and illegal activities that are likely to even harm lives."