TV: Yamina pressured Sa’ar not to recommend Lapid for PM

Channel 12 reports on the supposed reason that Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party decided not to recommend Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid for prime minister when party representatives met with the president on Monday.

The decision led to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu getting the mandate to try to form a government first.

Now the network reports that Naftali Bennett’s Yamina party warned New Hope that a recommendation of Lapid could lead to Yamina switching its own recommendation (of Bennett) to Netanyahu.

Left to right: Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid (Miriam Alster/Flash90); Yamina party chief Naftali Bennett; and New Hope party head Gideon Sa’ar (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The report says Yamina itself is divided on what government to support, and that its solution is to give Netanyahu a chance to form a government before potentially allying with Lapid if he fails.