Netanyahu, Haredi political leaders reiterate opposition to unity government

Tal Schneider is a Political Correspondent at The Times of Israel

Prime Minister Netanyahu meets with the leaders of the ultra-Orthodox Shas and United Torah Judaism parties in his right-wing religious bloc.

A Likud statement says they agreed to continue to oppose the “change government” being negotiated by the right-wing Yamina and centrist Yesh Atid parties. They also call on Yamina MKs Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked “to keep their promises to the public and avoid a government with Yair Lapid, Merav Michaeli and Nitzan Horowitz.”

Absent from the meeting is MK Bezalel Smotrich, head of the far-right Religious Zionism party, who is sick.

Clockwise from top: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud, Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin of Likud, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri oh Shas, Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman of United Torah Judaism and UTJ MK Moshe Gafni meet on May 6, 2021. (Likud)

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