Bennett, Longtime Ally to Discuss Political Future in First Meeting Since Israel Called Election

Tensions between the two right-wing lawmakers are high following Bennett's decision not to consult with Shaked and only updating her minutes before announcing on the dissolution of the Knesset as the interior minister was visiting Morocco

Michael Hauser Tov
Michael Hauser Tov
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, in April.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, in April.Credit: Moti Milrod
Michael Hauser Tov
Michael Hauser Tov

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his longtime ally, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, are expected to meet Friday for the first time since the premier had announced the dissolution of the Israeli parliament and called new elections.

In the meeting, which comes on the heels of Shaked's week-long visit to Morocco, the two will discuss their future in politics. Sources believe Bennett will withdraw from politics. Shaked, however, is striving to form an alternative government, but believes chances for such a scenario are slim.

Tensions between the two are high following Bennett's decision not to consult with Shaked and only updating her minutes before announcing on the dissolution of the Knesset. Shaked opposes early elections and believes that Bennett's move had jeopardized her political career.

Shaked, a member of Bennett's party, may find it hard to find an alternative, If the premier decides to withdraw from politics. If an alternative government is not formed, Shaked will either contend for the leadership of Yamina, or to join Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud. Running for office in another party, such as New Hope, is irrelevant and is not being considered by her, sources near her say. Bennett has not yet made his decision, but sources say, he will make one in the coming days, after he Yair Lapid will assume the prime minister's office.

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