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Left, Center parties' leaders hold midnight meeting
Chairpersons of Labor, Hatnua and Yesh Atid meet in effort to form united front ahead of nearing elections. Joint statement says meeting went well; source privy to meeting says 'nothing will come of it'

Hatnua Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich and Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid met in the late hours of Sunday night, to try and form a united front ahead of the nearing elections, Ynet learned Monday.

 

According to sources privy to the meeting, which was held in an undisclosed location and away from the media, the three also tried to decide what the Left-Center bloc should do in the event that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was tasked with forming the next government – which is a near-certainty.

 

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A joint statement released after the meeting said that "The meeting went well. We discussed the dangers that a (Likud) government will pose and we agreed to meet again whenever necessary."

 

A source privy to the meeting, however, said that "The meeting went well, but it's clear that nothing will come of it."

 

The three's meeting was decided on during a live TV broadcast, which saw Livni call on Yachimovich and Lapid to meet, and both confirm – via text message to her during the broadcast.

 

Later, however, the three decided to meet in private and according to sources in all three parties, took over the scheduling to avoid any leaks to the media.

 

Yuval Karni and Moran Azulay are Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth correspondent

 

 

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