Change Bloc leaders hold first joint meeting ahead of unity government

Unity gov't chiefs Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid meet with leaders of New Hope, Yisrael Beytenu, Meretz, Labor, United Arab List, Blue & White

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

ראשי המפלגות בממשלת השינוי
ראשי המפלגות בממשלת השינוי
צילום: רענן כהן

The leaders of the eight opposition parties which are poised to form a new national unity government met for their first joint meeting Sunday, a day before the Knesset is expected to set a date for the inauguration of the new government.

Yamina chairman and prime minister-designate Naftali Bennett was flanked by Opposition Leader, Yesh Atid chief, and alternate prime minister-designate Yair Lapid at the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv Sunday afternoon for the meeting, which also included New Hope chairman Gideon Sa’ar, Labor chief Meirav Michaeli, Meretz chairman Nitzan Horowitz, United Arab List (Ra’am) chief Mansour Abbas, Blue and White chief and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avidgor Liberman.

During the meeting, the eight leaders expressed the hope that the new government will be sworn in by this coming Wednesday, though the date for the inauguration will only be determined on Monday.

“The party leaders emphasized the role leaders must play in deescalating the situation, and expressed concern over the atmosphere at protests and on social media,” the parties said in a joint statement after the meeting.