09:10 GMT19 April 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Israel's Religious Zionist Party will not agree to a coalition cabinet that includes the United Arab List party or relies on its support, its leader said on Thursday.

    "A right-wing government will not be established that is based on Mansour Abbas' Ra'am Party [Israeli name for the United Arab List party]. Period. Not from within, not from outside, not through abstaining, and not through any other Isra-bluff", Bezalel Smotrich wrote on Facebook, as quoted by The Jerusalem Post.

    לא תקום ממשלת ימין שתתבסס על רע"מ של מנסור עבאס. נקודה. לא מבפנים, לא מבחוץ, לא בהמנעות, ולא באיזה ישראבלופ אחר. >>>...

    Опубликовано ‎בצלאל סמוטריץ'‎ Четверг, 25 марта 2021 г.

    He went on to argue that "terrorism supporters who deny the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish state are not legitimate partners for any government."

    A senior member of the religious Shas party, Itzik Cohen, in turn, disagreed with Smotrich and accused him of extremism, the newspaper noted.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara cast their ballots at a polling station as Israelis vote in a general election, in Jerusalem March 23, 2021
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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara cast their ballots at a polling station as Israelis vote in a general election, in Jerusalem March 23, 2021

    With final results of Tuesday's general election yet to be announced, preliminary figures suggest that neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his opponents managed to garner enough seats to form a government unilaterally, thus repeating the deadlock that has gripped the country over the past two years.

    The situation makes smaller parties like the Islamic United Arab List and the hardline Religious Zionist Party possible kingmakers in future coalition talks.

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