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Israel Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman speaks to the media outside his home in Nokdim, the day after the Israeli elections, September 18, 2019.

Yisrael Beytenu party chairman Avigdor Liberman told members of his party on Wednesday that it made no sense to allow the country to go to a third election in one year, which he said, “won’t meaningfully change the political map.”

Liberman said instead “we have to find a smart solution, and to put all personal considerations and ego aside,” but although he is hoping the Blue and White party can manage to sort out its differences and form a unity government, he is clearly not holding his breath.

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“If by Yom Kippur (which begins next week on October 8) we don’t see a breakthrough, Yisrael Beytenu will approach the two factions with a proposal of our own,” the party said in a statement.

“In any case, after Yom Kippur the entire process of building a coalition will move into high gear,” Liberman vowed, adding that he plans to speak with the heads of both the Likud and the Blue & White parties on Thursday when they gather in Jerusalem for the inauguration of the 22nd Knesset.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.