Netanyahu commits to keeping current partners in government

A pact between coalition parties will make it nearly impossible for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring Zionist Union or Yesh Atid into the government.

A source close to Netanyahu said Sunday that the heads of coalition parties agreed that no new partners would be brought in at the expense of the current ones.

The agreement is another nail in the coffin for rumored talks of a unity coalition that would bring Zionist Union in, because the faction’s positions and those of Bayit Yehudi are so divergent, especially on the matter of a possible Palestinian state, which the former supports and the latter vehemently opposes. The current coalition’s guidelines do not mention a two-state solution.


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