Report: PM offered Yesh Atid to join coalition

United Torah Judaism livid over offer, views Lapid joining as 'red line.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently offered MK Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party a place in the coalition government, according to a report published Monday, sparking outrage from haredi party United Torah Judaism (UTJ). 

UTJ rejected the proposal outright, B'Hadrei Hareidim reports, and views the move as a deliberate blow on Netanyahu's part toward the haredi community. 

"Lapid joining is a red line," UTJ chairman and Health Minister Yaakov Litzmann stated. 

Lapid and Yesh Atid heavily pushed enforcement of the IDF draft upon the haredi community during the 19th Knesset, enraging the haredi community. 

The former Finance Minister was instrumental in collapsing the previous government and forcing early elections in March, but with a wafer-thin majority of just 61 MKs rumors have long swirled of impending additions to the government.

However, given the unlikelihood of the haredi parties (whose 13 seats altogether outnumber Yesh Atid's 11) agreeing to remain alongside Lapid, it is unclear why Netanyahu would approach him unless he was simultaneously wooing other parties.



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