After Terror Attacks, MKs Demand Renewed Coalition Talks

Head of the Otzma Yehudit party MK Itamar Ben-Gvir at the scene of the terror attack near the entrance to Yerushalayim, on Wednesday. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Numerous MKs on Wednesday called for the speedy formation of a new government in the aftermath of two terror bombings in Yerushalayim.

These calls come after the announcement that Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party had walked away from negotiations with the Religious Zionism party.

“The Likud has walked back on agreements reached last night and effectively returned the negotiations to the starting point,” a Religious Zionism party spokesperson said late Tuesday night.

However, the Likud party denied the allegations, claiming Religious Zionism head Betzalel Smotrich was attempting to add new demands after an agreement was reached.

Following Wednesday morning’s terrorist attacks in Yerushalayim, the head of Otzma Yehudit, MK Itamar Ben-Gvir, visited the site of the first explosion at the entrance to the city.

“I will not speak about politics, but I will say one thing,” Ben-Gvir stated. “We need to form a government as quickly as possible – the terror will not wait.”

Smotrich himself also issued a statement: “The murderous Arab terror is knocking on our door; we must form a government immediately! I call on incoming Prime Minister Netanyahu to convene all leaders of the incoming coalition, so we can form a right-wing government that will restore security to the citizens of Israel.”

Likud MKs made similar comments on social media.

“The people of Israel expect us to bring back quiet to the streets, and all of the arguments about this or that ministry are a mistake that we will pay for,” wrote MK Miki Zohar. “Enough; the country is burning.”

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