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  2/27/2013, Adar 17, 5773

Bayit Yehudi Promises Further Negotiations


The Bayit Yehudi party promised to hold another round of negotiations with the Likud some time in the future. Wednesday's meeting ended without any coalition agreement. Representatives from both sides stated that the meeting ended in good spirits. 
 
Reports indicated that one major issue is the potential appointment of MK Tzipi Livni, who may become the new Minister of Regional Development. Such a role could see her promoting ties with the Arab world and possibly promoting territorial compromise. One Bayit Yehudi representative said that their party agrees in principle that MK Livni take on such a role despite Bayit Yehudi's more pragmatic and defensive stance on security issues regarding the Arab world.
 
The Likud, as the ruling party of the government is now negotiating with the smaller parties to form a coalition bloc following January's elections. Bayit Yehudi is the fourth largest party and mostly represents a national religious demographic.