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Renegade Meretz MK meets with Lapid in Jerusalem for coalition negotiations

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (left, center) meets with Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi (second from right) in Jerusalem on May 22, 2022. (Courtesy)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (left, center) meets with Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi (second from right) in Jerusalem on May 22, 2022. (Courtesy)

Rebel Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi is meeting with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem as the Yesh Atid leader seeks to hold together the fracturing government coalition.

Zoabi arrived at the meeting in the Foreign Ministry flanked by several Arab mayors from across Israel, according to Hebrew media reports. Lapid was accompanied by Yisrael’s Beytenu’s Hamad Amar, a minister in the Finance Ministry.

Significant progress was reported over the weekend in convincing Zoabi to not bring down the current government, after her surprise announcement last week that she was defecting to the opposition placed the coalition in the minority, with just 59 seats.

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