Yamina leader Naftali Bennett met with Yesh Atid CEO Yair Lapid on Saturday night to discuss the possibility of forming a government after the Knesset elections on March 23.
This meeting is the first meeting between leaders of the two parties since the vote. Earlier, Bennett held a sit-in meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday.
Lapid’s office said in a statement that the 2.5-hour meeting was “good.” The statement said that Bennett and Rapide agreed to meet again.
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After an uncertain election, Bennett avoided supporting Netanyahu or the prime minister’s rivals. This is Israel’s fourth election in two years. After the right-wing Yamina Party won seven seats in the election, Bennett positioned him as a potential king maker.
Elected to the parliament will meet with US President Reuben Rivlin on Monday to advise the parties to the Prime Minister. Rivlin is expected to announce on Wednesday which candidate will be authorized to try to form a government.
“The war for the motherland and the state of Israel is not over yet. Fighting for a solution [in the West Bank] it’s not finished yet. The struggle is for us to defend our rights. Fighting with Iran, Iran hopes to return to the nuclear agreement. Faced with these challenges and the great opportunities before us, we now need a stable right-wing government for many years, which will take care of all Israeli citizens.
With the results of the election continuing the political deadlock in the past two years, it seems that neither the Netanyahu group nor the Netanyahu group can form a majority government in the 120-seat Israeli Parliament.
Both groups seem to need the support of Amina and the Islamic Ram Party to secure a majority of seats. Ram, the smallest party with four seats in the upcoming Knesset, said that after the party meeting on Saturday, it has not yet decided who will be the prime minister.
According to a report on Channel 12, no candidate may get a majority of 61 suggestions from the MPs, Netanyahu is expected to receive 52 suggestions, and if Bennett supports him, 59 suggestions, and Rapid can only get 57 suggestions at most, but may accept fewer suggestions.
The network said Rivlin may ask party leaders who they will refuse to sit with. Channel 12 said that 67 lawmakers will not refuse to cooperate with Bennett, Rapide is 66, Netanyahu is 63, although it is not clear that Rivlin will Decide what to do with this type of information.
Bennett met with Netanyahu on Friday to negotiate the formation of a coalition government. This is the first sit-in since the election last week.
Channel 13 said Netanyahu told Bennett that if Yamina supports him as prime minister, he will receive 59 recommendations, which are enough to secure Rivlin’s appointment because he claims that Gideon of the New Hope Party Saa will abstain, it may be Ram also.
According to “Channel 12”, Netanyahu provided Bennett with a rotation agreement, requiring him to become prime minister in a year or 18 months, and allowing Yamina’s faction to be taken over by Natanyahu’s Likud party. absorb. Likud denied that Netanyahu offered Bennett a rotation agreement.
After the election, Bennett has been asking him to reach a power-sharing agreement with Rapide or Netanyahu as prime minister, even though his party has only seven seats in the Israeli parliament. Likud of Natanyahu won the most seats in the election with 30 seats, while Yesh Atid ranked second with 17 seats.
According to reports, the leader of the New Hope Party, Thrall, is also seeking to replace Netanyahu. He is working to forge an alternative alliance that will allow Bennett and Rapide to rotate as prime ministers. However, it is said that this idea was blocked by a dispute over who should actually form the alliance, and both sides doubted the other’s commitment to abide by the power sharing agreement.
Before the election, both Sal and Bennett expressed their hope that Netanyahu would step down, but they also vowed not to let Rapide serve as prime minister.
Bennett tends to support Netanyahu in his efforts to support Netanyahu in forming the next government, but has not yet made a final decision on who will be the prime minister, a source from his right-wing party told Kan. Public Broadcasting Corporation.
However, the broadcaster stated that Bennett may not recommend Netanyahu to form a government, and if the prime minister is accused of doing so but fails, he may be appointed to form a coalition.
According to a television poll on Saturday, after the uncertain election, most Israelis do not believe that a government will be formed after the election last month.
When asked if they think a government will be formed, 53% of the respondents to the Channel 12 news survey said they did not accept it, while 37% said they would form a ruling coalition.
46% of people said that the most likely result would be in the fifth round of elections in just over 2 years; 27% said that Netanyahu will form a new government; 16% of people believe that a political party opposed to the prime minister The “change group” will be successful. The remaining 11% said they did not know.
The majority of respondents (44%) said that Netanyahu had the best chance of forming a government, followed by Lapid (17%) and Bennett (13%). The rest of the interviewees said that there are other people, no one or they don’t know.
The survey was conducted by pollster Manu Geva. The network did not disclose the number of respondents in the survey, or the margin of error.
The leaders of the Islamic Ram Party met in Nazareth on Saturday to discuss to whom they would recommend the president to form a government.
According to “Channel 12”, the party leader Mansour Abbas (Mansour Abbas) participated in the meeting. Participants included activists, local council leaders and members of the party’s consultative committee.
Although he expressed his willingness to provide partners with Netanyahu or his rivals (no matter which scheme would benefit Arab Israelis), Abbas still did not endorse the candidate.
Ram may push Netanyahu or his opponent to the 61 mark and become the next prime minister. However, because what they were talking about was an anti-Zionist stance, right-wing politicians in both groups ruled out alliances based on the party’s support. Others accused Ram of supporting terrorists.
After the meeting, Abbas said on Saturday that his Islamic party has not yet decided who can be prime minister.
Abbas directly asked Channel 12 News’ views on this matter. He said: “We are waiting for the development of the situation in the next few days” because the political system is ready to accept the important role of Arabs.
Abbas said that the main purpose of his landmark speech to the Israeli public on Thursday was to “resolve the practice of excluding Arabs from the political process…our requirement is to actively participate in politics.”
“Naturally, my speech received some criticism. [from within Ra’am]…Reasonable criticism…no words are perfect,” he added.
Abbas gave a prime-time speech in Hebrew on Thursday. He called for Arab-Jewish cooperation in Israel and urged Jewish parties not to boycott his conservative Islamic party.
However, MK Bezalel Smotrich, an important member of the Netanyahu coalition and the leader of the religious Zionist party, said on Friday that his party will not sit in a government that relies on Ram for any support.