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Netanyahu met with Ra’am chief last week, urged him not to back Lapid-Bennett gov’t

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas last week, in an effort to persuade him not to support a government led by Yamina’s Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid.

Netanyahu’s office declines to comment on the meeting.

Separately, Abbas was scheduled to sit down this afternoon with Lapid and Bennett, but that meeting was delayed.

Sources in Yamina and Yesh Atid say there is no connection between the postponement and Abbas’s meeting with Netanyahu.

A combination image showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) casting his vote in the Knesset election in Jerusalem on March 23, 2021 (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL) and Ra’am party leader Mansour Abbas at the party headquarters in Tamra on election night, March 23, 2021. (Flash90)
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