The coalition negotiations maybe deadlocked, but the strong alliance between Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett refuses to fade away, making PM Benjamin Netanyahu's task that much more difficult.
A day after the chairmen of the Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi parties announced that the coalition negotiations were far from over, Yesh Atid's number two, Knesset Member Shay Piron, said Tuesday that "It's up to the prime minister to make the call."
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Rabbi Piron estimated that the alliance with Habayit Hayehudi will stand the tides of time, as "it's not about political deals. These are two parties which want to bring a change to the Israeli agenda. This partnership is true, deep and apolitical."
The 28 days given Netanyahu to form a government will be over in less than two weeks, but so far no progress has been noted in the coalition negotiations.
Sources within the Likud-Beiteinu negotiation team said that the PM is planning a breakthrough in the next few days – so that agreements can be reached with the coalition partners before an extension is required.
Concurrently, Lapid and Bennett stated that negotiations have stalled. "It's been a week since any significant negotiations have taken place," said Bennett.
"Habayit Hayehudi has time, Israel doesn't. Our faction is interested to be in the government to serve, and we're interested in joining Netanyahu. The moment they decide to negotiate I believe an agreement can be reached within 24 hours."
Yuval Karni also contributed to this report
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