Prime Minister-elect Binyamin Netanyahu was given the authority to form a government by President Isaac Herzog on Sunday, and shortly after that, Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party said that “it’s a black day for democracy” in a statement.
“A sad day for Israeli democracy,” declared Yesh Atid, “in which the prime minister-designate coerced his associates, whose sole purpose is to free him from his legal term and bring the State of Israel backward.”
The besieged party declared, “We will fight together in the Knesset and the streets until we replace the government of destruction with the government of reform.
We will never give up our country and liberal ideals, and we will not allow our children’s future to be harmed.”
The National Unity, Yisrael Beiteinu, and Arab parties chose not to propose any candidates to form a government, leaving only 28 Knesset members—members of the Yesh Atid and Labor parties—to recommend Yair Lapid.