Yair Lapid denies compromising on 24 ministers

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid denied on Thursday reports that he agreed to have 24 ministers in the next government, despite campaign promises that the number would be reduced to 18.
"It doesn't particularly bother me that people write that I agreed to a government with 24 ministers when the topic wasn't even discussed, but there's something sad about the way people hurry to announce they're disappointed, and 'we knew it,' and 'see, it was clear they would turn into politicians,'" Lapid wrote on his Facebook page.
The Yesh Atid chairman added that the public has been disappointed so many times that "the hope we felt in recent days scares people instead of making them happy."
Lapid asked his supporters to ignore the spin and remember that much of what they read is rumors that people with interests spread in the weeks of coalition talks, when patience is essential.
The current government is the largest ever, with 30 ministers, and the smallest, in 1949, had 12. The last government with 18 ministers was in 1999.
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