Bennett reportedly weighs a possible alternative government with Likud


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Bennett reportedly weighs a possible alternative government with Likud
Prime minister denies report he talked with adviser about cooperating with Netanyahu’s faction, as opposition steps up pressure on renegade Yamina MK Orbach
By TOI staff

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett discussed the possibility of setting up an alternative government with opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party during a meeting with one of his political advisers in Tel Aviv on Thursday, the Kan public broadcaster reported. Bennett’s Yamina party denied the report. Bennett’s coalition has been teetering for weeks, losing its majority and finding itself unable to pass even routine legislation. An alternative government could be set up within the current Knesset, without new elections, if another candidate can assemble a majority.

In the current Knesset, Yamina, Likud and the rest of the right-wing religious bloc still would not constitute a 61-seat majority. Bennett discussed with an adviser the possibility of roping in another party, such as Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope, in a prospective new coalition, Kan reported, citing political sources. Both Bennett and Sa’ar have previously cooperated with Netanyahu, but have turned against him and said they would not join him in a government during last year’s election campaign and coalition negotiations. Bennett’s Yamina party said he had met with an adviser on Thursday, but denied that he had discussed any cooperation with Likud.