Bennett's ultimatum to Shaked

Yamina chairman reportedly gives deadline of 10 PM tonight to convince Sa'ar to join a right-wing government or he will go with Lapid.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Bennett and Shaked
Bennett and Shaked

Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett has reportedly placed an ultimatum on party leader Ayelet Shaked, stipulating that she must finalize a deal for the formation of a right-wing government by 10 PM tonight or he will agree to form a government with Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, Channel 12 News reported.

The report states that New Hope chairman Gideon Sa'ar has not responded to the offer made by the Likud on Friday for a rotation deal. Shaked's efforts are focusing on Sa'ar. If there are no dramatic changes, Bennett is expected to officially announce tonight his agreement to sit with Lapid.

Lapid is scheduled to announce tomorrow to President Reuven Rivlin that he has succeeded in forming a government.

Meanwhile, the division of portfolios based on the agreements and negotiations that have transpired over the past days has also been published. According to the publication, Bennett will serve as prime minister until September 2023, with Lapid taking over as head of state from until November 2025. Until then, Lapid will be the foreign minister and alternate prime minister.

Benny Gantz is expected to remain defense minister, Avigdor Liberman will be finance minister, Gideon Sa'ar will be justice minister, Ayelet Shaked will be interior minister, Labor chief Merav Michaeli will serve as transportation minister, Meretz' Nitzan Horowitz will be appointed health minister, Yifat Shasha-Bitton will be education minister, and Labor's Omer Bar-Lev will serve as public security minister.