Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid on Saturday night said he was offered the Foreign Ministry and three other portfolios for his party in order to increase the coalition's numbers from 61 to 72, a claim Likud denied.
"I wouldn't have gotten into this if [Likud] hadn't said it never happened. I don't like when people lie," Lapid told Meet the Press. "The prime minister's people spoke to us via MK Meir Cohen and asked to expand the government."Lapid said he immediately rejected the offer during his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Monday night.
"This is a government that we cannot be part of," he stated. "[Yesh Atid] will be an alternative to the government...We want to be the leading party after the next election and that means I will be a candidate for prime minister."
As such, Lapid plans to go to the US next week for meetings to discuss diplomatic matters, saying "we need to promote the country's diplomatic interests, because the government isn't doing it."
The Likud responded that "no one offered anything to Lapid with permission from the prime minister. Furthermore, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Yair Lapid recently and the topic did not even come up in their meeting."
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