Senior Likud officials say that Prime Minister Binyami Netanyahu is not willing to give in to the dictates of Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) to form a government coalition, even at the expense of new elections, according to a Monday-morning report by Ma'ariv/nrg. The officials told the newspaper, "Netanyahu is willing to go to elections. The important thing is not to give in to [Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali] Bennett's alliance with [Yesh Atid Chairman Yair] Lapid. Netanyahu is not willing to consider the possibility of giving up the hareidi-religious parties in the coalition."
Habayit Hayehudi responded by saying, "Netanyahu is threatening with a gun without bullets. If they go to elections today, the Likud will receive 12 mandates because the public will punish it for not setting up the most natural government - with us, which is what it should have done in the first place."