Deal with Liberman on judges’ selection raises Likud hopes for coalition

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman reached an agreement Wednesday to cooperate on electing candidates to the influential Judicial Selection Committee, giving hope to the Likud that the razor-thin 61-MK coalition could eventually expand.

The deal marked the first cooperation between Netanyahu and Liberman since Yisrael Beytenu rejected the Likud’s offer to join the coalition.

Likud officials said it was only a matter of time before Liberman realized he had erred and found an excuse to return to the government.


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