Coalition discussions begin || Prime Minister Netanyahu and Yair Lapid meet in Jerusalem
The prime minister met with the leader of Yesh Atid, the second-largest party in Israel's 19th Knesset for two and a half hours; he also phoned Habayit Hayehudi's Bennett, Meretz leader Gal-On and Labor's Yacimovich.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid at his official residence in Jerusalem on Thursday, the beginning of tentative coalition talks now that the final results of Israel's elections are in. Later on Thursday, both Meretz and the Labor Party informed Netanyahu that they would not join his government.
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