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Bennett meets with Netanyahu again amid intensive coalition talks

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Naftali Bennett met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second day in a row on Tuesday, after the Yamina leader said his party supports the formation of a right-wing government with Likud but stressed that averting a fifth round of elections in two years was his overarching goal.

Yamina, which won seven seats, has been negotiating with Likud over the creation of a government following last month’s inconclusive election.

Even with Yamina’s support, a coalition remains unlikely, as such a government would also need the backing of the Islamist Ra’am party, a prospect rejected by Netanyahu’s allies in the far-right Religious Zionism party.

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The meeting came as negotiating teams from Yamina and Netanyahu’s Likud have been meeting intensively in recent days in an attempt to reach an understanding, an unnamed source with knowledge of the talks told the Kan public broadcaster. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the Likud party, addresses supporters at the party’s election night event in Jerusalem, early on March 24, 2021. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)

The report said that Yamina also sent a message to Likud saying that if the vote to establish a key parliamentary panel went ahead without coordination with Yamina, it would ally itself with the opposition parties in the Knesset vote.

The vote on the establishment of the Arrangements Committee, expected to be headed up by Likud’s former coalition whip and key Netanyahu ally, Miki Zohar, was set to take place on Tuesday.

The Arrangements Committee, the first in the Knesset to be formed after........

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