Lapid challenges Likud effort to break coalition pact

March 2, 2013 00:22


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In an apparent dig at Likud Beytenu's coalition-building strategy, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid on Friday questioned statements made by officials of the Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's party following a meeting between the two factions on Thursday.

In a continued effort to break the pact between Lapid and Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett that they will only join the coalition together, Likud Beytenu officials said that Yesh Atid has made it clear that it sees no place for haredim in the next government and encouraged Bennett to join the government alone.

In a message of his Facebook wall, Lapid said that the two factions discussed in the meeting issues of housing, education, the costs of living and Israel's middle class. "In other words, we spoke of things that are not spins, that don't grab headlines and don't try to cause anger and hate," he asserted. "So why is it that all that came out of the meeting was a statement by Likud that we are rejecting the haredim," Lapid asked.

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