‘No Breakthrough’ After Liberman-Netanyahu Meeting

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Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman. (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Thursday morning with Yisrael Beytenu Party Chairman Avigdor Liberman, as part of Netanyahu’s further attempts to form a coalition.

The meeting ended after less than an hour.

At the meeting, Netanyahu requested that Liberman join the government, and to help the country out of the stalemate.

After the meeting, the prime minister’s spokesman said that “no breakthrough was achieved at the meeting,” and that “Prime Minister Netanyahu will update the heads of the nationalist camp bloc at a meeting.”

Yisrael Beytenu also released a statement after the meeting and quoted Liberman as saying that in light of the security and economic challenges, a unity government is a necessity. “Repeat elections will not significantly change the political map,” Liberman said. Liberman reiterated his mantra to form a unity government based on Yisrael Beytenu, the Likud and Blue and White.

The meeting came after Liberman said Thursday that he would offer a way out of the stalemate if none is found by Yom Kippur, after which Netanyahu requested a meeting, noting that if they can find common ground, there was no point in wasting time and waiting until after Yom Kippur.