Knesset Speaker makes last-ditch attempt at unity government

Yuli Edelstein plans meetings with MK Liberman, UTJ leaders.

Hezki Baruch,

Edelstein (C) with Likud negotiators Ministers Ze'ev Elkin (L) and Yariv Levin (R)
Edelstein (C) with Likud negotiators Ministers Ze'ev Elkin (L) and Yariv Levin (R)
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Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) is making a last-ditch effort at a unity government.

On Sunday, Edelstein will meet with the Likud and Blue and White's negotiating teams. In addition, he will meet Yisrael Beytenu Chairman MK Avigdor Liberman, as well as Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman and Finance Committee Chairman MK Moshe Gafni, of the Ashkenazic-haredi UTJ party.

On Friday, Kan 11 reported that sources in the Likud were blaming Edelstein for attempting to overthrow Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Likud members received a text message asking who they preferred to head the party - Netanyahu, MK Gideon Sa'ar, or Edelstein.

The center-left Blue and White party responded with skepticism to the possibility that a compromise may be found to allow a unity government with Netanyahu. The party expects Edelstein to present them with a formal offer for a unity government. Despite Edelstein's efforts, Blue and White Chairman MK Benny Gantz expressed a lack of belief regarding the seriousness of Netanyahu's intentions to reach a rotation deal.

Blue and White leaders claim they fear that after Netanyahu serves as prime minister during the first part of the rotation, he will bring down the government to prevent Gantz from taking over.




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