Benjamin Netanyahu
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Likud: Habayit Hayehudi also boycotting haredim

Likud negotiator goes on the offensive, says Yesh Atid would still reject haredi parties 'even if they enlisted at age of 14'. MK Ariel: Alliance with Yesh Atid only growing stronger

Crisis in coalition talks deepens: The Likud-Beiteinu's chief negotiator harshly slammed Yesh Atid on Friday.


"Lapid's people would still refuse to sit alongside the haredim even if they started enlisting at the age of 14 and got their first draft order at the Bar Mitzva age," Attorney David Shomron said.


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After meeting with the Habayit Hayehudi's negotiating team, he appeared even more pessimistic.


"Habayit Hayehudi just told us that they are boycotting the haredim, as a result of their alliance. This is a boycott of an entire sector of society, we do not accept boycotts," Shomron said.

צוותי המו"מ של הבית היהודי והליכוד בפתח הישיבה (צילום: ירון ברנר)

Habayit Hayehudi's negotiating team (Photo: Yaron Brener)


Shomron's comments were made in the backdrop of a rift between the Likud and Yesh Atid. Sources close to Yesh Atid's negotiators said that during a meeting on Thursday the party was offered to join the coalition without Bennett. The Likud reportedly offered Lapid to advance the peace process and evacuate outposts.


Habayit Hayehudi said in response that Shomron's statement must have left out the word "no" signifying that the party does not boycott the haredim.

(צילום: ירון ברנר)

Likud-Beiteinu negotiators (Photo: Yaron Brener)


"Following the problematic agreement with Tzipi Livni and Amir Peretz it doesn't seem to be the only mistake."


At the beginning of Friday's negotiation session MK Uri Ariel of the Habayit Hayehudi said that the party's "understandings with Yesh Atid are just growing stronger."


Additionally, the Habayit Hayehudi negotiation team said that the agreement with Tzipi Livni, according to which she will lead the diplomatic negotiations with Palestinians, is unacceptable.


Commenting on the coalition negotiations, Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid wrote on his Facebook page: "What have we been talking about: A need for a revolution in housing, education and our commitment to the middle class. In other words, we have been taking about everything that is not a political spin.


"Then why is it that only thing getting published is the Likud's claim that we are rejecting the haredim? That is a very good question indeed."



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