Israel Election Updates | Bennett: Netanyahu Will Invite Herzog Into Next Coalition

11 days to go: Labor MK Erel Margalit says state of U.S.-Israeli relations is 'catastrophic' in wake of Netanyahu's Congress speech.

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Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett.
Naftali Bennett.Credit: Avishag Sh'ar-Yeshuv

Latest political summary: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Congress speech boosted Likud in the polls, but it was no game changer. Read the full story

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2:15 P.M. Bennett warns: PM will invite Herzog into next coalition

Naftali Bennett has again accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of intending to invite Zionist Union co-chair Isaac Herzog to the governing coalition after the March 17 elections, to the detriment of his Habayit Hayehudi party.

Bennett cited an interview given by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, in which the Likud member refused to rule out a national unity government that includes the Zionist Union. (Jonathan Lis)

12:10 P.M. Zionist Union, Meretz may revoke their surplus-vote accord

The Zionist Union and Meretz are considering revoking their surplus-vote agreement and signing similar accords with other parties, to avoid losing — and possibly to gain — Knesset seats.

The Zionist Union is considering signing such an agreement with Yesh Atid, while Meretz might sign one with the Joint List, which includes Jews and the main Arab parties.

According to the law, two parties can agree to combine their surplus votes. These are votes that a party receives but that are not enough to qualify for a full Knesset seat. (Ilan Lior) Read the full article

2:00 A.M. Labor MK Margalit: U.S.-Israeli relations 'catastrophic' after PM's Congress speech

Labor MK Erel Margalit said Netanyahu's speech played to people's primeval fears and celebrated them. Margalit labeled the current state of U.S.-Israeli relations as nothing less than "catastrophic," and claimed that the is causing "serious damage" to Israeli security and other areas of diplomatic cooperation. Read the full story

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