Netanyahu Strikes Deal With Yisrael Beiteinu to Approve Trajtenberg Report

FM Leiberman's party, which originally opposed report recommendations, says it will change stance in return for benefits for public housing as well as for newly-released soldiers.

A deal was struck on Sunday morning between the Prime Ministers Office and Yisrael Beiteinu regarding the Trajtenberg report on socioeconomic change.

The hardline political party, led by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and which originally opposed Trajtenbergs recommendations, said that it would change its stance in return for for public housing benefits as well those for newly-released soldiers.

Tess Scheflan

Sources from Yisrael Beiteinu say that they are on the verge of signing an agreement that will include a vote on the recommendations set to take place on Sunday.

The Prime Ministers Office clarified Saturday that the decision whether or not to vote on the report will be made during the discussion, mostly to avoid another failure following Netanyahus inability to enlist a majority of ministers to approve the reports recommendations.

Sundays deal comes on the heels Netanyahu failure to pass the recommendations of a governmental panel on socioeconomic change in the government earlier last week, after apparently not being able to garner the required cabinet majority.

The initial vote on the Trajtenberg Committee's final report came following a turbulent 24 hours, as Netanyahu alternated between a discussion of the report or a vote to authorize the panel's findings.