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Netanyahu refuses to offer a rotation to Bennett in a secret meeting



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a secret meeting with Yamina President Naftali Bennett at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem on Thursday in a bid to form a right-wing government before Netanyahu’s term as president Reuven Rivlin ended on Tuesday night, sources close to Bennett confirmed. the parties did not agree to disclose the content of the meeting, but one side told The Jerusalem Post that Netanyahu had not offered Bennett to go first in rotation in the prime minister’s office. The ideas that floated in Likud included initiating direct elections in which Netanyahu and Bennett would run for prime minister, and Likud recommended that Rivlin Bennett get a second term so that Bennett could form a government with Netanyahu. “There is nothing to say about the negotiations,”

; a Likud spokesman said. that the meeting took place was seen as an attempt by Bennett to pressure opposition leader Jair Lapid to accept his request that ideological portfolios such as justice, education, home affairs and religious services go to the MC from Yamina and Nova Nadezhda and not to Trud or Merec. Yamina MK Ayelet Shayk demands a return to the Ministry of Justice, but is said to be ready to settle for becoming interior minister. Sources at the so-called shift camp warned Bennett “not to fall into Netanyahu’s trap.”

A key test for Bennett will be whether his representative in the Knesset presidium, Knesset vice-president Matan Kahana, supports the possibility of voting in the Knesset plenum on the direct election bill for prime minister, which Netanyahu strongly supports. Bennett and other party leaders are expected to make public remarks at the Knesset on Monday. Defense Minister Benny Ganz told his blue-and-white faction on Monday that he had “closed Netanyahu’s door” and was loyal to those trying to replace him. Much of the Knesset’s focus on Monday will be the special plenary session, at which all 120 MK will be invited to speak on the tragedy of Mount Meron. The flags of the Knesset were lowered to half mast, and a special ceremony was held on Sunday morning. MCs were invited to light candles in the lobby in honor of the victims. Sunday was declared a national day of mourning. New legislation introduced in the Knesset on Sunday will provide immediate financial assistance to the victims of the Meron tragedy. The bill, presented by MK Jacob Asher (Judaism of the United Torah), will form a ministerial commission that will determine the levels of state scholarships for the families of victims based on the parameters set out in the bill, including the age of the victims and the number of victims in family. The legislation would help the families of both those killed and injured in the disaster.




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