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Bennett rebuffs Likud minister’s call to pledge loyalty to Netanyahu

Transportation Minister Miri Regev sends Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett a letter for him to sign pledging he will back Prime Minister Netanyahu to form a government after next week’s elections.

Bennett, a former member of Netanyahu’s bloc of right-wing and religious parties, responds to Regev via text message.

“I was already hoping you would announce your resignation because of the mutations failure at Ben Gurion Airport,” Bennett texts Regev, according to screenshots.

The Yamina chief has been highly critical of Netanyahu’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but has not ruled out joining a Likud-led government after the elections as have other rivals of the premier.

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