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Joint List could endorse Lapid if New Hope does — reports

The Joint List has swapped places with the left-wing Meretz and will meet with President Reuven Rivlin later this evening to recommend a candidate for prime minister, according to Hebrew media reports.

The reason: The predominantly Arab party is waiting to see whether New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar will recommend Yair Lapid for premier, which could push them to also back the Yesh Atid leader. Most of the Arab politicians had indicated earlier that they would abstain. It’s unclear whether Sa’ar will nominate Lapid, Yamina leader Bennett, or no one.

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