Bennett, Lapid prime minister rotation back on the table


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Bennett, Lapid prime minister rotation back on the table
Lapid met with Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz and Labor leader Michaeli on Sunday evening and Yesh Atid will negotiate with parties in his camp on Monday in an effort to for a coalition.
MAY 23, 2021

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid's offer to Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett to go first in a rotation replacing Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister returned to the forefront on Sunday, as sources in the two parties said they expected an agreement to be finalized by the end of the week. Bennett withdrew his support for a government of change on May 13. But The Jerusalem Post reported exclusively two days later that it was just a tactical maneuver to ease pressure on the party's leaders during Operation Guardian of the Walls and that Bennett would return ahead of the June 2 deadline for Lapid to form a government. Negotiating teams of Likud and Yamina met over the weekend. The Likud's offer to Bennett was to serve as defense minister after Netanyahu announced two weeks earlier that he had offered Bennett to go first in a rotation in the Prime Minister's Office. The Likud also rescinded its previous offer to Bennett's number two, MK Ayelet Shaked, to serve as foreign minister in a Likud-led government.