Hanegbi: Partners must compromise for wide coalition

Likud MK accuses Lapid and Bennett, both unseasoned politicians, of failing to understand that not all their demands will be met

Yifa Yaakov is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should form the widest coalition possible, Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi said Saturday, stressing that potential coalition partners such as Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid and Jewish Home head Naftali Bennett would have to “compromise.”

Speaking to Israel Radio, Hanegbi said Lapid and Bennett, who lack political experience, had yet to “experience the necessity of making compromises.”

He added that the members of the new coalition would have to understand that not all their demands would be met.

Hanegbi also commented on US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel, saying Netanyahu and Obama would have to coordinate their positions and cooperate closely on the Iranian and Syrian issues.

He opined that at his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama would convey Washington’s opposition to unilateral moves such as Abbas’s bid for UN recognition of the Palestinian state. The US supports direct talks, said Hanegbi.

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