As the Government Forms…The Soap Opera Continues

Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to hold negotiations on possibly forming a coalition government. This is their first sit-down since last week’s inconclusive elections. Close sources suggest that Bennett will meet with Ayelet Shaked on Shabbat to discuss options.

Bennett is scheduled to meet Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid on Saturday night, for the same purpose, Yamina said in a statement Thursday.

Both Netanyahu’s bloc of supporters and the anti-Netanyahu bloc are competing for Yamina’s backing, which is crucial to muster a 61-strong majority in the Knesset. Even with Bennett’s support, both sides face significant hurdles.

Who will he back as PM? Bennett to meet with Netanyahu, then Lapid, by TOI Staff. Times of Israel, April 1, 2021

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