Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu spokesperson

The Prime Minister's Office rejected the summary presented by Religious Zionism party leader Bezalel Smotrich of his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu earlier today.

"The announcement on behalf of Bezalel Smotrich does not correspond to reality. This is the time for joint work and not for publications that do not contribute to the joint effort we are making," Netanyahu's office said.

Smotrich's office said in a statement earlier: "The prime minister and Smotrich agreed that every effort should be made to persuade Bennett not to dismantle the national camp or go to the left, and to bring more partners to the right-wing government."

Netanyahu is currently meeting with Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett to discuss efforts to form a right-wing coalition.

Before entering the meeting, Bennett said that "since the election, countless Israelis have appealed to me, really begging me, to get the State of Israel out of this ongoing chaos. I come here with a lot of good will and I pledge to do everything I can to rescue Israel from the chaos and form a good and stable government for the State of Israel. This is the time for national responsibility."

Bennett is believed to support in principle the formation of a minority government led by Netanyahu which would be reliant on outside support from the United Arab List (Ra'am) and would attempt to pull defectors from the New Hope and Blue and White parties.

The meeting is the first held between Netanyahu and Bennett at the Prime Minister's Residence in several years since the Netanyahu family began to boycott Bennett and Ayelet Shaked.

Meanwhile, MK Bezalel Smotrich, chairman of the 'Religious Zionism' party, proposed a solution to the political stalemate which could cause Israel to initiate a fifth election: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stepping down to run for president and Likud Minister Yariv Levin being appointed prime minister in his place.

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