Bennett, Lapid, Sa'ar hold marathon talks to build gov't when mandate ends

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Bennett, Lapid, Sa'ar hold marathon talks to build gov't when mandate ends
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to double the Shin Bet security on former prime ministers.
By GIL HOFFMAN
APRIL 29, 2021

Negotiating teams from Yamina, Yesh Atid and New Hope met for four-and-a-half hours on Thursday, in an effort to build a coalition by the time Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu’s mandate to form a government from President Reuven Rivlin ends on Tuesday night at midnight. The negotiating teams dealt with the demands of the parties to form a government, starting with the demands of Yesh Atid and its leader, Yair Lapid. Marathon talks will be held over the weekend that will deal with the demands of Yamina leader Naftali Bennett and New Hope chairman Gideon Sa’ar.

“We hope to go to the president with agreements in hand,” a spokesman for one of the three parties said. If a deal is not reached by Tuesday, Lapid and Bennett could end up fighting over who receives the second mandate from Rivlin. Bennett wants it because he would go first in a rotation with Lapid, but Lapid is worried that Bennett could take the mandate and form a government with Netanyahu. Currently, Lapid has more recommendations to form a government than any candidate, so he would get the mandate. But if the parties that recommended Netanyahu last time shift to Bennett, he could have a majority.

more............. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/p...-talks-to-build-govt-when-mandate-ends-666787
 
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