Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yamina leader Naftali Bennett met for the fourth time since President Reuven Rivlin granted Netanyahu the mandate to form a government on Wednesday at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem.
Coalition negotiating teams of Likud and Yamina will meet soon, though spokesmen for the parties said they did not know when.
Bennett denied reports on Monday that his demand for a rotation in the Prime Minister’s Office is preventing the formation of a government led by Netanyahu.
Speaking at a meeting of the Yamina faction in the Knesset, Bennett said anyone calling him an obstacle is distributing “fake news” and lies.
“I could have already now been sitting in the prime minister’s chair if that was my supreme goal, but my supreme goal is preventing the disaster of another election,” Bennett said.
Bennett cited Israel’s challenges in Iran, at the International Criminal Court in The Hague and economic challenges as reasons why Israel needs a stable government immediately.
“In our meeting, I told Netanyahu and I am saying it again here: The Likud can count on the Yamina faction when building a right-wing government,” Bennett said. “We will continue to work strenuously to prevent the disaster of a fifth election. There are creative ways and ideas to do it, which require rolling up sleeves and beginning to work.”
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