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Yesh Atid's team Photo: Moti Kimchi
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Women excluded from coalition talks?

As efforts to form new government gain speed it seems none of the parties saw fit to include women in their negotiating teams

Ynet reporters
Published: 02.04.13, 09:51 / Israel News

Twenty-seven women were elected to the 19th Knesset, but for some reason, none of the parties has seen fit to include them in the teams toiling away on the formation of the coalition.

 

Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth learned Monday that neither the Likud-Beiteinu team, nor Yesh Atid, Kadima or Habayit Hayehudi have included women in their political negotiation teams.

 

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Shas was not expected to include women in its team.

 

The exclusion is especially strident given the vigorous chase after women's votes during the election campaign.

 

Yesh Atid dismissed the matter as incidental, saying that the list has placed women in key slots in every one of its tiers. "We see women as a major and leading force in society," the party said.

 

"Eight of our 19 Knesset member are highly accomplished women, who will be instrumental in realizing Yesh Atid's path."

 

Habayit Hayehudi shrugged off any hind of exclusion, saying the team was compiled on "a professional basis… In the Knesset – where it really matters – we have a solid representation for women."

 

Kadima states that its team to the coalition negotiation "Includes MK Yoel Hasson and Attorney Alon Gellert and will be expanded as necessary."

 

Hatnua issues a statement echoing the sentiment: "Out team includes only two people and it will be expanded as needed."

 

The Likud-Beiteinu was unavailable for comment.

 

 

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