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        3/3/2013, Adar 21, 5773

      Netanyahu to Shas: You're Apparently Out


      Prime Minister and Likud Party Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu told Co-Chairmen Ariel Atias, Aryeh Der'i and Eli Yishai of the Sephardic-hareidi Shas party, Sunday afternoon that he is interested in having Shas in the government but current political conditions tied his hands. Shas party sources said the only way things could change would be if Netanyahu could convince Labor Chairwoman Shelley Yechimovich to join the government, which would allow the hareidi parties.

      The prime minister was expected to meet Chairman Naftali Bennett of Habayi Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) Sunday afternoon, in a final effort to get Bennett to break with alliance partner Yesh Atid, whose chairman, Yair Lapid, is opposed to joining a government with the hareidi parties. Member of Knesset Uri Ariel, Chairman of Habayit Hayehudi's negotiating team, said the party expects a picture of where Netanyahu is headed after the conclusion of the meeting, adding that the prime minister could reach a coalition agreement in a matter of days.