Netanyahu associates: No unity government attempts

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not currently trying to build a mega-party or making generous offers to the Zionist Union to join his government, his associates said Wednesday, denying reports in the Hebrew press.

According to one report, the prime minister was trying to form “the Israeli Republican Party,” by uniting his Likud with Kulanu, Yisrael Beytenu and Bayit Yehudi, minus its more extreme Tekuma party, into a super-party that would have an easier time winning the next election.

Ma’ariv reported the reason Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog was mulling delaying the Labor leadership primary was to accept an offer from Netanyahu to become his defense minister in a national unity government.


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