Coalition negotiations officially began on Thursday at the Knesset with a meeting between representatives of Likud and Bayit Yehudi.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on his Facebook page that it was no accident that one of the first calls he had made after the election results were released last week was to Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett.
"I see Bayit Yehudi as an important and central layer and a true partner in a stable and strong, nationalist Likud government under my leadership," Netanyahu wrote.
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