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  3/1/2013, Adar 19, 5773

Likud to Lapid: Bennett Pact Blocks Uprooting in Yesha


Representatives of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Chairman Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party, Thursday, that if he agrees to join the government without Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party), he will get progress in diplomatic talks, according to sources involved in coalition talks, cited Friday by the Yediot Acharonot daily. Lapid and Chairman Naftali Bennett of Habayit Hayehudi have said that the coalition must take both parties or neither one of them.

Representatives of Likud-Beyteinu told Yesh Atid representatives, "You have to give up Bennett, because [until] then we cannot advance the peace process and evacuate communities [in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) -ed]." Referring to the fact that Habayit Hayehudi is not yet in the government, the Yesh Atid representatives responded by asking, "Have you evacuated communities until now?"