Netanyahu Seeking Coalition Without Haredim, Will Ask Peres for Extension

While the prime minister would have preferred a government with the ultra-Orthodox parties, the Lapid-Bennett coalition has made that impossible, sources close to negotiations say.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working to reach a coalition agreement with Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi that will leave the ultra-Orthodox factions out of the coalition, sources close to the coalition talks said on Wednesday.