Israel’s kingmaker makes his move

Solidifies Israel’s drift to the right

Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the ultranationalist Israel Our Home party, said he will support Binjamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud party, as prime minister in a coalition government. Lieberman said he would prefer to see Netanyahu lead a broad national unity government but would also join a narrow right-wing government. Tzipi Livni, head of the centrist Kadima party, which won the most seats in this month’s election, told her party members that she would not join Netanyahu’s coalition. “We weren’t elected to legitimize this extreme right-wing government, and we must represent an alternative of hope and go to the opposition,” she said.