Breaking: Netanyahu, Lapid and Bennett reach compromise
A compromise agreement
has been reached between Prime Minister Netanyahu, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett.
A compromise was reached toward the final coalition deal on Wednesday
evening, when Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid agreed to give up his demand
for the Interior Ministry in return for the Education Ministry.
Atid also gave up its demand to have no more than 20 ministers in the
new government, a move which will allow Likud to honor its coalition
agreement with Tzipi Livni's Hatnua party and give MK Amir Peretz a
In the accepted compromised deal, Yesh Atid MK Shai Piron will
receive the post of Education Minister, while Bayit Yehudi MK Nissan
Slomiansky will head the Knesset Finance Committee. The Interior
Ministry will remain in Likud's hands, and will likely be given to
outgoing Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar.
Bayit Yehudi head
Naftali Bennett, who has been working to mediate between Yesh Atid and
Likud, was set to meet with Lapid at around 9 p.m. Wednesday evening,
following a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
What could go wrong?
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