No negotiations to bring Lapid into government — source

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

There are no active talks to add Opposition Leader Yair Lapid to the newly formed emergency unity government, a source close to Lapid confirms to The Times of Israel.

Avigdor Liberman, who had said he would join the government if it commits to taking out Hamas’s leadership, writes on X that anything short of “total annihilation of Hamas, which will require a ground operation into Gaza City and the destruction of Gaza’s underground, won’t bring about the desired result.

“Anything else is simply saying that what has been will still be, and even after the current war we’ll need another operation in a few years,” he writes, noting that there have been 15 operations against Gaza-based terrorists since the 2005 Disengagement.

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