Faced with the immediate prospect of being ousted from office, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday made a last-ditch offer to New Hope party leader Gideon Sa’ar and Yamina chief Naftali Bennett in hopes of preventing them from forming a government with centrist and left-wing parties.
The Ynet news site cited sources in Yamina as saying that if Sa’ar accepts the offer, “a right-wing government will be formed.”
However, Sa’ar said in response that his party’s “position and commitment was, and remains, to replace the Netanyahu government,” adding that the proposal was “spin.” The Walla news site said that Sa’ar was under serious pressure from MK Ze’ev Elkin to accept the offer.
Bennett had been expected, following a faction meeting Sunday, to announce later in the day that he will back the formation of a coalition of the so-called “change bloc,” which would see him become prime minister in a power-sharing deal with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.
Read more at Times of Israel.