Daily Israel Report

Bayit Yehudi, Likud May Sign Deal Tonight

Source in Bayit Yehudi tells Arutz Sheva "the parties made significant progress and are likely to sign soon," without Lapid.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 2/26/2013, 4:55 PM

Netanyahu / Bennett
Netanyahu / Bennett
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Bayit Yehudi and Likud / Yisrael Beytenu have made "significant progress" in their coalition talks and are very close to signing an agreement that will put Bayit Yehudi in Binyamin Netanyahu's coalition, a well-placed source in Bayit Yehudi told Arutz Sheva Tuesday.

The deal could be signed "as soon as tonight," the source said, or possibly Wednesday.

The majority of issues that the parties were discussing have been resolved, the source said, and what remains to be finalized are "details."

Likud and Bayit Yehudi have been holding marathon negotiations over the last few days, the source said. Talks continued Monday night until 3:00 a.m.

The agreement between the parties does not include Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party, the source explained. However, Lapid is aware of the talks between Likud and Bayit Yehudi and is unlikely to be surprised by the agreement.

Asked whether Bayit Yehudi will be the senior partner in the new coalition, the source said – "that depends on Lapid."

Likud released a statement saying that "following the good meeting last night, in which significant progress was made on a variety of issues, Likud Beytenu believes that the negotiations with Bayit Yehudi can be completed immediately."

The sides will meet again this evening, Likud said.