Lapid's Yesh Atid party to receive five portfolios, including the finance and education ministries; Likud's Sa'ar and Erdan battling over the interior portfolio; meeting between Netanyahu, Lapid, and Bennett postponed to Thursday.
Dr. Yair Lapid didn’t put it on a diet, he performed gastric bypass surgery by pressuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to dramatically lower the number of ministers.
Analysis Coalition Negotiations Enter Final Stretch Netanyahu's Real Problem: Handing Out the Coalition Crumbs to Likud
After the coalition negotiatons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a real problem: distributing the remaining portfolios, or the crumbs, to the Likud MKs.
On Saturday night the negotiating teams met for an all-night marathon. Agreements will probably be signed on Monday − unless a last-minute crisis breaks out.
Coalition Talks Reach Home Stretch Buried Treasury: Lapid Likely to Pass on Glamour of Foreign Ministry
Lapid’s insistence on the Foreign Ministry was the major stumbling block to forming a government. While he would doubtless make a good foreign minister, it now seems he’ll accept the drudgery of the Finance Ministry instead.
Without the Labor Party leader, Israel's Haredi parties are doomed to the hell of opposition.
Come Sunday, Netanyahu will likely receive a two-week extension to form a government, and he seems ready to give up hopes of including the Haredim. But what if, against all odds, another election is necessary this summer?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in no mood to enjoy Purim. He's halfway through his allotted time to build a coalition, but struggling to break the alliance between new boys on the block, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett.
At a joint press conference Livni and Netanyahu stressed that their mutual goals had trumped their disagreements and paved the way for the agreement.
Analysis First Coalition Deal As Long as Netanyahu Is PM, Livni Will Have to Deal With the Palestinians His Way
Tzipi Livni, like other politicians that came before her, will have to yield to coalition politics in the pursuit of her pet cause - reaching an agreement with the Palestinians.