Daily Israel Report

Likud Negotiator Denies Sarah is behind Deadlock

Attorney Shimron "shocked" by claims that Sarah Netanyahu is behind Likud's reneging on promise.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 3/14/2013, 6:15 PM

Binyamin and Sarah Netanyahu
Binyamin and Sarah Netanyahu
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The chairman of Likud / Yisrael Beytenu's negotiating team in the coalition talks, Attorney David Shimron, denied Thursday that Sarah Netanyahu is responsible for a last-minute crisis in coalition talks.

"I am shocked," Shimron told IDF Radio. "This is simply ugly spin, it never happened. Mrs. Netanyahu has nothing to do with this matter."

Bayit Yehudi negotiators were supposed to show up for the final negotiation session with Likud, but failed to do so. The reason, it turned out, was that Likud had reneged on a previous agreement to give Bayit Yehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid the titles of Vice Prime Minister.

IDF Radio and other news outlets then quoted sources within Likud as saying that the decision to renege on the promise was made because the Prime Minister's wife, Sarah Netanyahu, who holds no official government position, does not want Bennett to be Vice Prime Minister.

Sarah Netanyahu and Bennett reportedly have a problematic relationship ever since Bennett was Prime Minister Netanyahu's chief of staff in 2006-2008.