According to Kann Public Broadcasting Corporation’s Sunday evening report, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Yamina Chairman Naftali Bennett are reportedly forming a coalition government to prevent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from taking office. A “breakthrough” was made in the discussion.
According to many non-public reports in the Hebrew media, during the late Saturday night talks, Rapide agreed to allow Bennett to be the prime minister first, which is a potential power-sharing agreement between them.
This meeting was the first meeting between the leaders of the two parties since the national election on March 23, and then Bennett sat down with Netanyahu on Friday.
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According to Cann, Rapide told close friends after that meeting, “The talks with Bennett have made significant progress, and I estimate that we will be able to form an alliance with him.”
According to reports, Lapid said that Bennett did not trust Netanyahu’s promise that “the ultra-orthodox will join [our coalition] Immediately after formation. The ultra-Orthodox united Moses Pentateuch, the Jewish Party and the SARS Party are loyal allies of Netanyahu, and they clashed with Rapide over his position on the military draft.
The proposed power-sharing government between Rapide and Bennett will be a slim government with a maximum of 18 ministers: Bennett on the right, Benny Gantz from the centrist Blue and White party, and the new right-wing government. Gideon Saal of the Hope Party is nine and nine respectively. The Channel 12 news reported Lapid and other news in the middle left corner.
According to Cann, Bennett “almost” agreed to the proposal.
However, Channel 12 stated that Bennett is still deciding whether he wants to be the prime minister of the government or supports Netanyahu, and may participate in the fifth election, because Likud leaders do not seem to have any composition. The way of the alliance.
After an uncertain election, Bennett avoided supporting Netanyahu or the prime minister’s rivals. This is Israel’s fourth election in two years. After his right-wing Amina party won seven seats, Bennett positioned him as a potential king maker.
Both groups seem to need the support of Amina and the Islamic Ram Party to secure a majority. Ra’am, the smallest party with four seats in the upcoming Knesset, said that after a party meeting on Saturday, it has not yet decided who will be elected prime minister.
According to another report on Channel 12, citing Yamina’s allies, Bennett hopes to have a fully right-wing government led by Netanyahu, but this seems impossible at the moment. His second choice will be a right-wing government led by Netanyahu, with the external support of the Islamic Arab Ram Party, but this has been taken by the religious Zionist Bezarel Smoot. Bezalel Smotrich was excluded. His third option will be to establish a partnership with Lapid and the center-left, and Bennett himself will assume the post of prime minister. The report said that Bennett preferred a government with Rapide in the fifth election.
Channel 13 reported that Bennett’s decision to agree to an agreement with Rapide could lead most of the center-left parties to nominate Bennett as prime minister when meeting with President Leuven Rivlin on Monday to nominate candidates for the ruling coalition. people. .
The parties elected to the parliament will meet with Rivlin on Monday to give their recommendations to the prime minister. Rivlin is expected to announce on Wednesday which candidate will be authorized to try to form a government.
Except for Yamina and Ra’am, Thrall’s New Hope organization has not announced which candidates will be approved on Monday, but Netanyahu and Lapid have been ruled out.
Yesh Atid (17 seats), Blue and White (8), Labour (7), Yisrael Beytenu (7), Joint List (6), Meretz (6) and New Hope (6) anti-Netanyahu group With 57 votes, the Knesset has a total of 120 seats, and it requires the support of four members of Ram’s coalition to gain a majority in the Knesset, or the support of right-wing Yamina.
The Netanyahu group of Likud (30), SARS (9), UTJ (7) and religious Zionism (6) will need Yamina’s support. But this will only give it a total of 59 seats, unless it relies on the support of Islamic priests.
Smotrich interceded with Bennett; Thrall ruled out support for Netanyahu
Smotrich of the religious Zionist organization spoke at a press conference on Sunday night, urging Bennett to advise Netanya when meeting with Rivlin Hu formed the next government.
He warned: “Any suggestions you make tomorrow that are not suitable for Netanyahu will make us take a major step towards a left-wing government.”
Smotridge called Bennett “my true friend”, and he “fears that the bear on the left will cast a shadow on you.
“If you recommend yourself [for prime minister] You will cause the downfall of the right-wing government and the formation of the left-wing government yourself,” said the hard-right religious Zionist leader, Bennett may seek to form a coalition.
In a separate live event, Sal-a former Likud minister left the party to form the New Hope Organization-once again ruled out the possibility of supporting Netanyahu as prime minister.
“I made it clear in the election that anyone who wants Netanyahu to stay should not vote for me. I said very clearly, every day, all day… I repeat: we will not join or support Yuri The government led by Tanyahu,” Thrall, his party won six seats.
The leader of New Hope stated that he hopes to “form a government of change to reconnect our people. We hope that a government can bring back the values of truth-telling, honesty and integrity… instead of being enslaved to trial by Netanyahu. The interest of the government of slavery.”
Channel 12 reported on Saturday that Rivlin might ask party leaders who they would refuse to sit with. According to the network, there are 67 lawmakers who will not refuse to partner with Bennett, Rabid is 66, Netanyahu is 63, although it is not clear how Rivlin will decide how to handle such information.
Channel 13 said Netanyahu told Bennett at a meeting on Friday that if Yamina supports him as prime minister, he will receive 59 suggestions, which are enough to secure Rivlin’s appointment because he claims that the New Hope Party’s Thrall will abstain, and possibly Raan too
According to the “Channel 12” report, Netanyahu also reportedly provided Bennett with a rotation agreement, requiring that he become prime minister in a year or 18 months, and that Yamina’s faction will be controlled by Nata. The Likud party of Nyahu absorbed. Likud denied that Netanyahu offered Bennett a rotation agreement.
The staff of the Israeli era contributed to this report.