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Leaders of right-wing, Islamist parties meet in effort to form ‘change’ government

Yamina leader Naftali Bennett delivers a statement to the press at the Knesset on April 21, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Yamina leader Naftali Bennett delivers a statement to the press at the Knesset on April 21, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett meets Ra’am party chief Mansour Abbas in the first-ever political contact between the leaders of the two parties, amid efforts to form a government without Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

The right-wing party and the Islamist faction have initiated unlikely cooperation lately in the Knesset’s Arrangements Committee, and the ties have gained steam as Netanyahu’s mandate to form a government nears its end.

Ra’am says in a statement following the meeting at Bennett’s Knesset office that the meeting dealt with the positions of both parties regarding the current political events, and was “conducted in a positive atmosphere.”

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