Several Hebrew-language media outlets are reporting that Likud has made a number of overtures to New Hope and its leader Gideon Sa’ar to negotiate the possibility of joining a coalition government.
New Hope, made up largely of former Likud backers turned off by party leader Benjamin Netanyahu, rejected the offer, according to the reports.
New Hope performed below expectations in Tuesday’s vote, winning only enough for six Knesset seats, with some 90 percent of ballots counted.
Earlier in the day, Likud minister Eli Cohen indicated that Likud would pursue bids to convince New Hope and Blue and White to return to the fold.
Sa’ar has vowed to not join a coalition led by Netanyahu.