YERUSHALAYIM — Yamina MK Idit Silman said on Sunday that she has no intention of walking back her dramatic decision last week to quit the coalition.
“My decision to end my time in the coalition was based on values and therefore it is final,” she said in a statement.
Silman added that she calls on her friends in the coalition and in the Yamina faction “to express the stance of the majority of the Israeli public and establish a national Zionist government within this current Knesset.”
Silman announced her surprise departure from the coalition, but not from the Knesset, last week, leaving the government teetering on the brink of collapse with just 60 seats and no clear majority. Silman’s call to form a new government within the current Knesset would likely require several additional MKs of Yamina and other right-wing factions in the coalition, such as New Hope, to also defect and join with the opposition parties.