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Yair Lapid calls on party heads to compromise in coalition talks

CM 10/05/2021

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 Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid on Monday called on the heads of the parties in the coalition he is working to form to make the necessary compromises to complete the process of building a government by the end of the week. 

“I know everyone wants to secure achievements for their party,” Lapid said. “I do, too. But it is far more important to secure achievements for the country, for the public, for our children. Israel needs to know that there is a new generation of leaders who don’t think about their own interests. The public won’t forgive anyone who prevents the formation of a new government just because they insist on another ministry.”
Lapid said that after the weekend’s negotiations, the gaps that remain between the parties were not wide. 
“We can swear in a new government in a few days,” Lapid said. “A new, functioning government based on wide-ranging agreements.” 
Lapid said he would insist on the Knesset speaker’s position being given to his party but he said he would not insist on keeping the health portfolio for his number two in Yesh Atid, MK Orna Barbivai, who has a background working in the health sector. Lapid said there were party leaders who had asked for the portfolio. 
Lapid complained that there was no red line of incitement that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not crossed to torpedo the formation of a unity government and force a fifth election.
Former defense minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) accused Netanyahu of setting the prospective incoming government too many fires in Jerusalem and said that if Netanyahu were to quit, a Likud-led right-wing government could be formed immediately.

Labor leader Merav Michaeli said her party would not take any steps to harm the effort to form a government but her party was the third largest in the coalition in the making.
“We have made concessions in a way that no party has,” Michaeli said. “We are ready to close today.”

Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz, who is rumored to be taking the health portfolio, said he would not reopen Ben-Gurion Airport. 
“The government’s handling of the airport has been a horrible failure during the entire corona [crisis],” Horowitz said. “If we have arrived at a situation where most Israelis are vaccinated and the dangers are from abroad, we need to be more strict at Ben-Gurion Airport, which is the entry gate into Israel.”

Source: Jerusalem Post

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