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Israel closer to coalition? Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid inks deal with Meretz

CM 26/05/2021

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Opposition leader Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) reached a tentative agreement over night with the Meretz Party of Nitzan Horowitz on joining a coalition that would replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.According to the deal, Horowitz would serve as health minister and Meretz MKs Tamar Zandberg and Esawi Frej will receive the environmental protection and regional cooperation portfolios respectively.The parties agreed on additional funding for health that would go toward “expanding the medical services basket and adding new positions to the healthcare and mental health systems in Israel.”Lapid and Horowitz discussed a bill that would help Israel fight climate change and “will include ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions, shift to renewable energy, clear the polluting industries from the Haifa Port and improve both public and shared transport in Israel.”They also reached an agreement on matters of religion and state.On Tuesday, Yesh Atid finalized a coalition agreement with Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu Party. The agreement includes matters of religion and state, and building new hospitals in the Negev and Galilee.

Under the deal, Liberman will be finance minister, his No. 2 Oded Forer will head the Knesset Finance Committee, and the party will receive two more portfolios, which are expected to be the Negev and Galilee Development Ministry, and the Aliyah and Integration Ministry.

If a government cannot be formed, Lapid sent Frej to submit a bill that would dissolve the Knesset, so it would be clear to the public that a new election would be Bennett’s fault, for not joining the government.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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