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Netanyahu said to court Labor chief, offer Finance Ministry, in vain

Sources close to Netanyahu have begun trying to court Labor-Gesher’s Amir Peretz in a bid to woo him into a Netanyahu-led coalition, Channel 13 reports.

According to the report, Netanyahu’s associates have offered Peretz the Finance Ministry and two other ministerial portfolios. They promised the prime minister would raise the minimum wage, cover college costs for all discharged IDF soldiers, and pass a mandatory pension law.

Peretz has rejected the offer.

Netanyahu’s right-wing and religious bloc won 55 seats, according to the latest results, making him six seats shy of a Knesset majority. Labor-Gesher is projected to win six seats.

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