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
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.