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      Likud Negotiator: Bayit Yehudi Also Rejected Hareidim

      After saying that Yesh Atid refuses to enter a coalition with hareidi parties, the Likud team said the same about the Bayit Yehudi.
      By Elad Benari, Canada
      First Publish: 3/1/2013, 10:11 PM

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

      After saying on Thursday that Yesh Atid refuses to enter a coalition with hareidi-religious parties, the Likud Beytenu’s coalition negotiation team said the same on Friday about the Bayit Yehudi.

      Speaking Friday afternoon following a meeting between the negotiation teams of the Likud Beytenu and the Bayit Yehudi, Likud representative Attorney David Shimron attacked the Bayit Yehudi’s team and said, “Bayit Yehudi told us that they are boycotting the hareidim just like Yesh Atid, as a result of their pact which still exists.”

      Shimron said that, as far as he was concerned, Bayit Yehudi was “invalidating an entire community and we do not accept boycotts. We'll see how we can advance from here and form a government as a result of this situation.”

      Shimron made similar remarks after a meeting on Thursday with Yesh Atid, saying that “that as far as Yesh Atid is concerned, there is no room for hareidim in the government.”

      Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid have made a pact, agreeing to enter the coalition together or not at all, so they can guarantee a coalition ally with similar goals.

      Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has tried hard to break the alliance between the two parties but has been unsuccessful.

      The reports in two major news sources Friday that Netanyahu's representatives offered Yesh Atid a policy of destroying Jewish communities in return for their entry into the coalition without Bayit Yehudi, vindicate Bayit Yehudi's decision to enter into a tactical alliance with Yesh Atid. Together with reports that Likud made contradictory overtures to Bayit Yehudi, they portray Netanyahu in an unflattering light and are no cause for pride, for supporters of Likud/Yisrael Beytenu.

      Bayit Yehudi, while agreeing with Lapid’s intention to enlist hareidi-religious yeshiva students into the army, has never said it would refuse to sit in a coalition with the hareidim and indicated that it would be willing to negotiate with them on this issue.

      In fact, Bayit Yehudi MK Ayelet Shaked reiterated once again on her Facebook page Friday that her party “has no problem entering into a coalition with the hareidim. But we will not be in the coalition without Yesh Atid.”

      Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid criticized the Likud’s negotiators on Friday over the fact that they made sure to publicize the fact that his party had rejected the hareidim.

      “So what we did talk about during the coalition negotiations?" wrote Lapid on his Facebook page. "We spoke about the need for a housing revolution to bring down prices, about education, about the cost of living, about our commitment to make things easier for the middle class.”

      “In other words,” he added, “we talked about all the things that are not spins, and do not make headlines, and do not deal with trying to get people to hate and be angry with each other. Then why is it that the only thing that came out is the Likud’s message that we reject the hareidim? That’s a great question.”

      (Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)