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Liberman said to tell faction that Haredi parties won’t be joining unity gov’t

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Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman reportedly told members of his right-wing, secular party Tuesday that the Knesset’s two ultra-Orthodox factions will not at any point be part of the prospective unity government, despite assertions by senior coalition leaders that the Haredi slates are still welcome to join.

“It is not possible for the ultra-Orthodox to join the government. Anyone who claims that the ultra-Orthodox can be added to this government is deluding himself and others,” Liberman said at a faction meeting, according to Wednesday Channel 12 report.

The comments appeared to have been directed at Yamina chairman and prime minister designate Naftali Bennett as well as Yesh Atid chairman and foreign minister designate Yair Lapid, who have both insisted that they have not shut the door to a coalition with the Haredi parties, even though it currently has a majority of secular factions and no hardline religious ones.

Bennett, in particular, is believed to be interested in folding Shas and United Torah Judaism into his coalition in order to expand the bloc of right-wing parties.

However, Shas and UTJ leaders all but put to bed such a possibility at a Tuesday press conference where they launched a stunning assault on Bennett.

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With the so-called change government set to be sworn in on Sunday and the ultra-Orthodox headed for the opposition for the first time since 2015, Haredi leaders branded Bennett as “wicked” and claimed his new........

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