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Shaked says she would sit in Netanyahu-led government in current Knesset

Illustrative: Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked at a press conference at Ben Gurion Airport, March 13, 2022. (Roy Alima/Flash90)
Illustrative: Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked at a press conference at Ben Gurion Airport, March 13, 2022. (Roy Alima/Flash90)

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked tells the Ynet news site she will agree to sit in a government led by opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu within the current Knesset makeup, potentially avoiding elections.

The chances of this happening are considered near impossible, as Shaked would have to resign as minister in order to return to the Knesset as an MK.

According to Hebrew-language media reports, there were some attempts this morning by the opposition’s right-wing and religious parties to gather at least 61 members to establish a new government within the current Knesset. But at this stage, none of those attempts bore fruit, the reports say.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar have both said there is no chance they will sit with Netanyahu again.

Meanwhile, parliament is expected to disband and set a date for elections, which may occur as early as Monday.

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