Likud, Jewish Home Restart Talks

Likud and Jewish Home have restarted coalition talks on Wednesday, hours ahead of a midnight deadline. 

In closed talks, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made it clear that he intends to expand the government after it's formed – but not at the expense of the parties who signed coalition deals, according to Channel 2

The statement could be a possible reference to Labor, or to appealing to Yisrael Beytenu.

Earlier Wednesday, Channel 2 reported that Netanyahu had already appealed to Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog and made various promises; Likud officials stated to Arutz Sheva Wednesday night that rumors of contact at this stage with Herzog are false. 

He has also reportedly stated that, following the resignation of outgoing Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, the Foreign Ministry is to stay within Likud. 

Netanyahu must submit coalition agreements including 61 MKs to President Reuven Rivlin by midnight tonight (Wednesday), or else Rivlin could appeal to Herzog to form a left-wing government. 

Among those present at the current round of talks are MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) and MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), as well as legal representation for the two parties. 


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