Yair Lapid
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Former Finance Minister Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, continues to insist that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a deal with the hareidi parties that led to the upcoming election.

On Tuesday, Lapid outlined on his Facebook page an alleged deal between Netanyahu and Shas chairman Aryeh Deri.

According to Lapid, Netanyahu pledged to provide tens of millions of shekels in funding to Shas’s school network, Maayan Hachinuch Hatorani, and in return the hareidi MKs would vote in favor of the transferring of one hundred million shekels to communities in Judea and Samaria.

"For two years we were the only barrier to the these ugly deals," Lapid wrote, adding, “A few weeks ago I blew up a meeting with the Prime Minister because they wanted to transfer 300 million to ‘isolated settlements’. I said told the attendees at that meeting, ‘We need this money in Be'er Sheva and Kiryat Shmona, not to spend it on the road leading to Tapuah or Yitzhar.'”

"Now the Prime Minister wants to pay bribes so that he be allowed to pay bribes. It's time to tell him - the state is not for sale," added Lapid.

Lapid’s comments come a day after Netanyahu requested to transfer additional funds via the Finance Committee to regional councils in Judea and Samaria, which had been frozen for months thanks to Lapid.

Yesh Atid expressed outrage at the move, terming it “election bribery”  and “an inappropriate course of action in a democratic state”.

Yesh Atid has accused Netanyahu more than once of forging a deal with the hareidim, according to which they will support him after the elections in return for his calling early elections.

Netanyahu, for his part, accused Lapid of leading a "putsch" from within the coalition and trying to form an alternate government without holding elections beforehand.