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Amid media flurry, Lapid says portfolio talk hasn't begun

Finding himself in the midst of a flurry of media speculation and reports, journalist-turned-coalition king maker Yair Lapid clarified Friday that negotiations over government portfolios had not yet begun.
In an apparent response to reports in several Israeli media outlets Friday morning that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had offered Lapid a choice between the position of finance or foreign minister, Lapid released a statement on his Facebook page urging people to be patient.
"What is happening now is not coalition negotiations, it's not even the beginning of it.
 he explained. "But go and explain to the political system that has to wait a month," he quipped.
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