Habayit Hayehudi’s Naftali Bennett confirmed publicly on Shabbos that he had reached a clear agreement with Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid that both parties would join Netanyahu’s governing coalition together – or not at all.
Bennett, who is set to meet with Netanyahu for coalition discussions today, said Lapid had already refused to join Netanyahu’s coalition without Habayit Hayehudi, and therefore Habayit Hayehudi must stick to its end of the bargain, and refrain from joining a coalition that does not include Yesh Atid.
“We agreed that Yesh Atid wouldn’t enter the government without Habayit Hayehudi and that Habayit Hayehudi wouldn’t enter without Yesh Atid,” Bennett wrote on his Facebook page on Shabbos. “When we reached these understandings, Yesh Atid was in a better position than us. We are out and they were in. Yair Lapid stood by his word to me and the public I represent. Now the tables are turned. Suddenly, Likud wants us without Yesh Atid. It’s our turn to stand by our word. A word is a word. I will stand by it.” Read more here.