Chairman Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party opened Monday's meeting of its Knesset faction by saying, "The hareidi public must know that our door is open [and] it's our duty to help them." Referring to the impression left by his campaign to increase hareidi-religious participation in national service and its impact on yeshiva funding, he said, "Anyone who says that we will exploit the situation to harm the hareidim is wrong and misleading." He said the government has no hareidi factions but it won't discriminate against the hareidim.
In general terms, he said the success coming out of the long coalition negotiations was not the cabinet posts and committee assignments but an agreement for the essential things Yesh Atid wanted, which, he said, were "changing the system of government, raising funds for Holocaust survivors and advancement of women in the public sector." He thanked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for mediating tensions during the negotiations and thanked Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) Chairman Naftali Bennett for forcing him often to persevere.