Yacimovich to be Finance Minister?offered the Finance Ministry if she brings her Labor party into the coalition according to a report in the Jerusalem Post which is not being denied by the Likud.
When Dana Weiss, host of Channel 2’s Meet the Press, asked Ya’alon if Netanyahu wants the haredim in his coalition so badly that he would offer Yacimovich the Finance Ministry despite their opposing economic opinions, he responded: “It’s not about the haredim. It’s so we can have the widest coalition possible.”
Labor declined to comment on what Netanyahu offered Yacimovich at their meeting, saying only that the prime minister invited her to his home and that despite the meeting taking place in a pleasant atmosphere, the gaps between their worldviews are too great, and Labor will remain in the opposition.Well, maybe. But giving Labor the Finance Ministry would be a disaster for the country.
In the meantime, the 'widest coalition possible' is looking more and more like 61 (Likud 31, Jewish Home 12, Shas 11, United Torah Judaism 7).
Ya’alon continued his party’s efforts to break up the agreement between Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid in an attempt to bring the former into a coalition with the haredim and leave the latter out.
Although the vice premier denied reports that he is part of a team appointed specifically to meet that goal, he listed reasons that he thought the pact between the parties was “strange,” as he described it.
“Equality in the burden [of national service] is what unites Yesh Atid and Bayit Yehudi against the haredim? That sounds totally strange,” Ya’alon commented.
“They have a treaty that does not reflect their basic interests.”
“Bayit Yehudi is the only party, as far as I know, to get a serious offer [in coalition talks],” Ya’alon said, in reference to Likud Beytenu offering Bayit Yehudi four portfolios, including Education and a deputy defense minister, last week.
At the time, Bayit Yehudi said it had originally heard about the offer on the news.
A day later it was received through official Likud Beytenu channels, and Bayit Yehudi turned it down. The party said it wants to deal with issues before portfolios.
“If, in the end, Bayit Yehudi is out of the coalition despite all we offered them, who will really have paid a political price?” he asked.
Ya’alon repeated that his party is seeking the “broadest, most stable coalition, which is what the prime minister wants,” and is not counting out any party.
“There can’t be talks where people say ‘we just don’t want haredim,’” he said.
“Likud Beytenu doesn’t leave anyone out.”And who wants to leave the Haredim out? Why that lover of Haredim, Yair Lapid, of course.
On Thursday, Channel 10 quoted Lapid as saying his political career would be over if he were in the same government as Shas.In the end, I would bet on the Haredim being out and on Netanyahu going in with Lapid and Bennett. It won't last long. And any attempt to forcefully draft the Haredim will end in disaster.