In 1st, Netanyahu to host Bennett tonight at PM’s official residence

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett today at 8:30 p.m. as part of efforts to form a coalition, Hebrew media reports.

The meeting will be held at the prime minister’s official residence on Balfour Street.

It will be the first time Bennett has been allowed into the complex, due to past tensions between him and Netanyahu. The premier’s wife Sara Netanyahu has reportedly long vetoed Bennett’s entry. But now, Netanyahu depends on Bennett’s support if he wants to keep his hope of forming a government alive.

Before that meeting, Netanyahu will also meet Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich, whose party has firmly aligned itself with the prime minister.