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        3/13/2013, Nisan 2, 5773

      Negotations to Continue After Bennett - Lapid Meeting


      Naftali Bennett, the chairman of the Bayit Yehudi [Jewish Home] party finished his meeting with Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party Wednesday late afternoon. The two agreed to maintain their alliance and forge ahead with negotiations. The ruling Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu party is in the process of hammering out an equitable arrangement with the two parties to form a coalition government following January's elections. Yesh Atid is insistent that Likud does not add extra minister or housing minister. However Likud wants to maintain the success of the previous administration and is willing to add either more ministers or extra deputy ministers in order to satisfy all Knesset factions. Bennett is expected to continue negotiations to reach a solution. The new Yesh Atid party is Israel's second largest and Bayit Yehudi is the fourth largest party.