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Report: Yamina’s Shaked proposes Smotrich join change bloc

Yamina’s Ayelet Shaked has proposed to Bezalel Smotrich to bring his party into the so-called change government that would see parties on the left, center and right share power, while booting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office, Channel 12 reports.

According to the report, Shaked has proposed that if Netanyahu cannot form a right-wing government, Smotrich bring his hard-right Religious Zionism party into a coalition led by Yamina leader Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid.

Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on April 4, 2021. (Olivier FItoussi/Flash90)

Meanwhile, she proposed, the Islamist Arb party Ra’am, with which Smotrich has refused to cooperate, would remain outside the coalition.

It is not clear that such a proposal is feasible, due to Smotrich’s slate including the far-right Otzma Yehudit and Noam factions, with whom leftist and centrist parties are unlikely to agree to ally.

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