Likud, Labor mum about Finance Ministry offer to Yacimovich

February 17, 2013 05:14

Likud Beytenu continued over the weekend in its attempt to build a coalition that would include ultra- Orthodox parties, even if it means giving Labor senior economic portfolios.

One day after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Labor chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich met in Jerusalem on Friday, Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon did not deny the latter was offered the Finance Ministry if she joins the coalition.

When Dana Weiss, host of Channel 2’s Meet the Press, asked Ya’alon if Netanyahu wants the haredim in his coalition so badly that he would offer Yacimovich the Finance Ministry despite their opposing economic opinions, he responded: “It’s not about the haredim. It’s so we can have the widest coalition possible.”

Labor declined to comment on what Netanyahu offered Yacimovich at their meeting, saying only that the prime minister invited her to his home and that despite the meeting taking place in a pleasant atmosphere, the gaps between their worldviews are too great, and Labor will remain in the opposition.

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