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Likud to Lapid: Your Bennett Pact Will Spoil Settlement Uprooting

A similar statement was attributed to Bibi himself during his chat with Yair Lapid.
Lapid's negotiations team says Likud wants them to help dismantle Jewish homes.

Lapid's negotiations team says Likud wants them to help dismantle Jewish homes.
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At last, the Likud-Beitenu coalition negotiations team has pulled the biggest rabbit out of its hat, exposing in the process that on the two-state solution there’s no daylight between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and super-leftist Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Gal-On.

As Yesh Atid negotiators have told the daily Makor Rishon, the Likud-Beitenu team threatened them on Thursday that their political pact with Habayit Hayehudi will end up thwarting the possibility of dismantling Judea and Samaria settlement as part of a future agreement on a Palestinian state.

According to Yair Lapid’s representative at the coalition talks, two Likud reps told them on Thursday: “We’re going towards tough decisions. If you don’t break up your pact with Bennett, we won’t be able to uproot settlements should there be a need for tough decisions. Together – we could do it.”

Makor Rishon noted that a similar statement was attributed to Prime Minister Netanyahu himself during his chat with Yair Lapid immediately after the elections, but it was later denied. Yesterday, Lapid’s people stated unequivocally that they’d heard that same, explicit argument from the Likud-Beitenu team.

Meanwhile, on Thursday the Likud negotiators have enhanced their efforts to bring the Haredi parties into the government, as a means of pressuring the Jewish Home team.

If you detect a note of hysteria in the Likud’s scrambling efforts to cobble together a government, you are not mistaken. On Saturday, Netanyahu is expected to ask President Peres for a two-week extension to be able to continue his efforts, and the White House has not been helping to alleviate the pressure by leaking that President Obama would be staying home to improve his golf game if a new government is not at hand before his visit to the Holy Land.

Naturally, this bodes very well for the Lapid-Bennett team, whose cue at this point is simply to stay the course, don’t flinch, and Netanyahu would have to capitulate.

Better him than the settlements.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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4 Responses to “Likud to Lapid: Your Bennett Pact Will Spoil Settlement Uprooting”

  1. Freedom John says:

    What?

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    Did I miss something? I didn't know that Lapid was in favor of uprooting settlements, at least not until a peace agreement. Wasn't it UTJ who was proposing that?

  3. Kenneth Mathews says:

    Manipulative & progandistic press release from Yesh Atid. The intent of this press release is to sow more division and to keep a divided right from reunifying. Everyone already knows that both Netanyahu and Lapid support the "two-state delusion." The real question is why Bennett a man who supposedly opposes the "two-state delusion" would form an alliance with Lapid rather than strengthening Bibi from the right as he claimed during the campaign. So far Bennett's alliance has helped add Livni and her 6? MKs to Bibi's Left and threatens to add Lapid's 19 MKs to his left as well. How does this strengthen Bibi to the right. Why wasn't a reasonable compromise worked out with Shas and UTJ that would have addressed the issues of work and military service without dividing the right? Can a divided right stand against a unified left? Time is very short let the right strive to reunify by fully committing to Torah, Zionism and Unity through just compromise.

  4. Kenneth Mathews says:

    Manipulative & progandistic press release from Yesh Atid. The intent of this press release is to sow more division and to keep a divided right from reunifying. Everyone already knows that both Netanyahu and Lapid support the "two-state delusion." The real question is why Bennett a man who supposedly opposes the "two-state delusion" would form an alliance with Lapid rather than strengthening Bibi from the right as he claimed during the campaign. So far Bennett's alliance has helped add Livni and her 6? MKs to Bibi's Left and threatens to add Lapid's 19 MKs to his left as well. How does this strengthen Bibi to the right. Why wasn't a reasonable compromise worked out with Shas and UTJ that would have addressed the issues of work and military service without dividing the right? Can a divided right stand against a unified left? Time is very short let the right strive to reunify by fully committing to Torah, Zionism and Unity through just compromise.

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