Likud won’t try to split Yisrael Beytenu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not try to expand his coalition by splitting up MK Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party, coalition chairman Tzachi Hanegbi said Thursday.

Netanyahu has struggled to implement his agenda with his narrow coalition of 61 MKs. But neither the Zionist Union, nor Yesh Atid, nor Yisrael Beytenu has given any indication that they could join the government.

Likud officials expressed hope that the coalition could be expanded in an unconventional way: By trying to woo the two MKs from Yisrael Beytenu necessary to split the party. The officials said they were encouraged by former Likud activist Oded Forer entering the Knesset in place of Sharon Gal, who quit Wednesday.


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