Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the nation on Thursday evening, a day after the Knesset voted to dissolve itself and send Israel to a new election on September 17.
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Netanyahu went after rival Avigdor Lieberman, the chairman of Yisrael Beiteinu, who refused to budge over the draft law – the contentious issue that caused Netanyahu to fail in the negotiations he held over the past several weeks to form a government.
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The premier said that Lieberman "is obessed with toppling right-wing government. Whenever he can, that's what he does and he if he will be able to he will try to do it again with this election."
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He claimed that Israel's right wing cannot trust Lieberman, who he called "drunk with power" and said was only focused on promoting his own ulterior motives.
The former defense minister got everything he wanted, including the contentious draft bill, "but Lieberman is a serial saboteur," Netanyahu added.