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Bennett to separately meet with Netanyahu, Lapid for talks on coalition

The Yamina party says its leader Naftali Bennett will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tomorrow as part of negotiations to form a coalition.

It adds Bennett will also meet opposition chief Yair Lapid on Saturday night for the same reason.

Both Netanyahu’s bloc of supporters and the anti-Netanyahu bloc are competing for Yamina’s backing, which is crucial to muster a 61-strong majority in the Knesset. Even with Bennett’s support, both sides are expected to face significant hurdles.

Bennett has been demanding that he become prime minister in a power-sharing deal with either Lapid or Netanyahu, despite his party only having seven Knesset seats.

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