A day after the Knesset voted to disband and new elections were set for September 17, Yisrael Beiteinu's Avigdor Liberman rejected as "delusions" Likud claims that he had thwarted a right-wing government and was a “leftist” who wants to topple Benjamin Netanyahu. In remarks at a news conference on Thursday, Liberman noted that he, not the prime minister, lives in a settlement. He declined to say if he would back Netanyahu for prime minister, stressing that he supports a right-wing government but not one that capitulates to the ultra-Orthodox.

KAN's Mark Weiss asked Danny Ayalon, a former deputy foreign minister and past Yisrael Beiteinu Knesset member, if he was surprised by the Liberman's refusal to budge in the failed coalition talks.