The Yesh Atid negotiating team met with representatives from other factions within the “Change Block” in a renewed effort to cement a coalition government Monday.
Talks were derailed by the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas that ended last week.
Discussions between Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid faction, former defense minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu, Merav Michaeli’s Labor party, and Blue and White under the leadership of current Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz, were said to make significant progress, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The chances of a government being formed remain limited, but efforts will continue at pace until June 2, when Yesh Atid’s mandate to assemble a government expires, the party’s chairman Lapid told parliamentarians.
“My door is open to anyone who wants to talk about forming the best government possible,” Lapid said. The journalist-turned-politician met personally on Sunday with Gantz, Michaeli, and New Hope chairman Gideon Saar.
Lapid has not spoken recently with Yamina head, Naftali Bennett, whose support the coalition is likely to require to reach a majority of 61 members of Knesset (Israel Parliament).
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