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Opposition to support Bennett in bid to get mandate to form government: TV

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If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a government, the so-called Change Bloc of opposition parties will try and persuade President Reuven Rivlin to give the mandate to Yamina leader Naftali Bennett, Channel 13 reported on Friday.

Sources in the bloc, who have vowed not to join forces with Netanyahu, told the TV that they feared that if Rivlin does not give the opposition a chance and sends the mandate back to the Knesset, it will become impossible to reach a consensus.

It was not clear from the report if the thinking was unanimous among the varied parties that have vowed not to sit with Netanyahu. Bennett, who has just seven seats, has placed himself in the kingmaker position, indicating he will sit with either side in an effort to avert a 5th election in two years. However, even with Yamina’s support, neither side has a clear majority.

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Meanwhile, Channel 12 reported that Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, who has just returned from the US where he held talks with political advisers, intends to soon call a press conference where he would call for the Change Bloc to form a government. Yesh Atid is largest party in the bloc.

The report said that Lapid intends to highlight that it would be a government of national unity, including right-wing parties like Yamina, Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu, Gideon Sa’ar’s New hope, along with the centrist Yesh Atid, Benny Gant’s Blue and White, and the leftist Labor and Meretz. Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid gestures as he speaks during a conference in Jerusalem March 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

The report did not say if he would demand to lead the bloc or support Bennett. Previous reports have said that Lapid has offered Bennett to go first in a rotation agreement.

The reports come with Netanyahu struggling to form a government.


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