News Brief 3/2/2013, Adar 20, 5773
Peres Grants Netanyahu 14-Day Extension
President Shimon Peres has granted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a 14-day extension in which to put together a new coalition, after Netanyahu failed to do so in the first four weeks he was given.
Netanyahu used the occasion at the Presidential Residence to criticize the Bayit Yehudi party, without mentioning it by name. Religious Zionist Bayit Yehudi has entered into an informal pact with secularist Yesh Atid, not to enter the coalition without each other. The agreement is forcing Netanyahu to establish a coalition that does not include the hareidim