Lapid to Netanyahu: 'Trust me'
In an earlier post
, I reported that Prime Minister Netanyahu is fearful that Yair Lapid will undermine or topple his government from the inside, and that is why he is trying to exclude the Haredim from the government. Lapid asked Netanyahu on Monday night to trust him
“We will not undermine you or topple you,” Lapid told Netanyahu. “We
want the next government to serve out its term. We have goals to reach
and accomplishments to achieve. Do not worry.”
A source connected
to Likud Beytenu’s negotiating team downplayed the message from Lapid
and said it could not be taken seriously if it was delivered via the
press. He said he did not know whether the prime minister had also
received it directly.
Earlier, Lapid complained to his faction
that no negotiations were taking place with his party. He expressed
frustration that Likud Beytenu wanted to talk about ministerial
appointments rather than the government’s principles.
matters is not portfolios but where Netanyahu wants to lead the nation,
to what goals, and according to what values,” Lapid said.
“Once he knows that, it will be easy to form a government.”
Bayit Yehudi party leader Naftali Bennett, who also faced Netanyahu’s wrath in his talk with Likud ministers, joined Lapid’s complaint about the lack of negotiations.
A senior Likud official responding to Bennett said that there have
been negotiations with his party on all the key issues, including
equalizing the draft, the peace process and security. The official said
Bayit Yehudi was offered to be the first party to join the government
but it rejected the offer and said it would not join a coalition without
Likud officials maintained hope that if Yesh Atid and
Bayit Yehudi were left out of the coalition, Labor could join instead,
perhaps with Yacimovich becoming finance minister and acting Knesset
Speaker Binyamin Ben-Eliezer maintaining his current job. But Labor
leader Shelly Yacimovich said unequivocally that joining the government
was not an option for her party.
“There is a huge gap between us and Netanyahu,” she said.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Haredim, Jewish Home party, Knesset elections 2013, Labor party, Likud party, Naftali Bennett, Shelly Yacimovich, Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid party