Coalition Talks: Likud, Yamina negotiating teams met in secret


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Coalition Talks: Likud, Yamina negotiating teams met in secret
Netanyahu and Bennett keeping in close contact over last few days, with coalition negotiations beginning in secret on Sunday.
Arutz Sheva Staff , Apr 12 , 2021
Bennett and Netanyahu.

Negotiation teams from the Likud and Yamina parties met secretly yesterday (Sunday), prior to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Naftali Bennett. According to an official who is privy to the details of the conversations between Netanyahu and Bennett, the two leaders have been in regular contact over the past few days, after President Reuven Rivlin tasked Netanyahu with forming a governing coalition. Kan reported Monday night that Bennett has warned the Likud against trying to form the Knesset’s powerful Arrangements Committee without first coordinating the move with Yamina.

According to the report, Bennett told Likud officials that if the formation of the Arrangements Committee is brought to a vote without approval from Yamina, the party will bolt talks with the Likud and will join with the anti-Netanyahu bloc. Coalition whip MK Miki Zohar (Likud) had planned to bring the committee’s formation to a vote Monday, but caved at the last minute, pulling the vote due to Yamina’s opposition. Earlier on Monday, Bennett and Netanyahu met in Jerusalem, formally kicking off coalition talks.