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Bennett reportedly wooing Likud renegade Shasha-Biton

With early elections appearing to rear up, Naftali Bennett is reportedly courting the defection of a Likud MK who won cheers and jeers for her populist moves to rein in the government’s efforts to impose coronavirus restrictions.

Walla news reports that Bennett has offered Yifat Shasha-Biton the number 2 slot on his Yamina slate.

A source familiar with the matter tells the news outlet that Bennett was willing to give the lawmaker “anything she wants for her joining.”

MK Yifat Shasha-Biton. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Polls have shown Bennett nipping at the heels of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a new vote, partially on the strength of his efforts to hammer the government over its coronavirus policy. His party is expected to secure at least 20 Knesset seats, 15 more than he currently has.

Shasha-Biton heads the ad-hoc Knesset committee charged with reviewing and approving coronavirus restrictions passed by the government. She was threatened with punishment from the party after she helped overturned the government’s moves to keep gyms, pools and other venues closed earlier this year.

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