Netanyahu-Smotrich meeting ends, Bennett enters

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Religious Zionism party leader Bezalel Smotrich is over.

Smotrich says in a statement that he and the premier “agreed that every effort should be made to persuade Bennett not to dismantle the right-wing camp and not go to a left-wing government, thus bringing in more partners for a right-wing government.”

Yamina leader Naftali Bennett then enters the prime minister’s official residense for the first time after being a persona non grata there for years, to meet Netanyahu amid efforts to form a coalition. He says it’s “time for national responsibility.”