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MK Shaked: Alliance with Lapid Rock Solid

Bayit Yehudi MK says Bibi should have invited her party to join earlier than he did, but missed the boat.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 3/2/2013, 7:56 PM

MK Ayelet Shaked
MK Ayelet Shaked
Israel news photo: Flash 90

MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) said Saturday that the alliance between her party and Yesh Atid is rock solid.

"The situation at this moment is that we are going into a government with Yesh Atid," MK Shaked told Channel 10. She added that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had missed the boat for getting Bayit Yehudi to join his coalition independently of Yesh Atid.

"If the prime minister had turned to us immediately after the elections, we would have gone in," she said.

"Netanyahu had a very clear plan," Shaked said, "to establish a government with Yesh Atid and the hareidim. He called Lapid and explained to him, why Bayit Yehudi needs to be outside."

Netanyahu is scheduled to go to President Shimon Peres's residence Saturday night and ask for an extension for putting together a coalition, after he failed to do so in the first four weeks he was given. Peres is expected to grant him the maximal extension of two weeks.