Pressure mounts on Bennett to form government of change


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Pressure mounts on Bennett to form government of change
Shaked tells 'Post' she doesn't think deal will be done on time.
MAY 24, 2021

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid upgraded his efforts to woo Yamina leader Naftali Bennett on Monday to a government of change that would replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, using multiple political maneuvers. Lapid sent Meretz MK Esawi Frej to submit a bill that would disperse the Knesset if a coalition cannot be built, so it would be clear to the public that it would be the fault of Bennett for not joining the government. Yesh Atid asked Likud to support the bill.

Yesh Atid also revealed that its negotiating team had made significant progress toward forming a coalition when it met with Yisrael Beytenu, Labor and Blue and White on Monday morning at Ramat Gan’s Kfar Maccabiah hotel and convention center. Lapid told his Yesh Atid faction the chances of forming a government were still not high, but he would “leave no stone unturned” in trying. To that end, Lapid met personally on Sunday with Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz, Labor leader Merav Michaeli and New Hope chairman Gideon Sa'ar.