Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with former opposition leader Tzipi Livni in New York two weeks ago, a Likud official reported to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to Israel Radio.

According to the report, the Likud party sees the meeting as an attempt by Barak to coordinate politically with Livni, and to potentially cooperate with her in the future.

The defense minister's office confirmed the meeting and said that Livni had requested that they meet in a public place, according to Israel Radio. 

The report comes amid speculation that former prime minister Ehud Olmert may return to politics and try to form a bloc of parties that would run together, including Kadima, Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, and a new party that former ministers Livni and Haim Ramon are in the process of forming.  

Gil Hoffman contributed to this report

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