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  2/22/2013, Adar 12, 5773

Report: Mofaz Joins Bennett and Lapid

Chairman Shaul Mofaz of the Kadima party has joined Chairman Naftali Bennett of Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) and Chairman Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party, according to a Friday-morning report by Yisrael Hayom

The newspaper says the three will demand the senior cabinet portfolios of Defense for Mofaz, Foreign Affairs for Lapid and Finance for Bennett as a condition for joining the coalition of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The demand does not look realistic, but with the addition of Mofaz, the Bennett-Lapid  alliance has 33 mandates, two more than Netanyahu's Likud-Beyteinu had before the addition of Tzipi Livni's Hatenu'ah party.