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May 18, 2016 10:09 am

Opposition Leader Halts Coalition Talks With Netanyahu as Israeli PM Meets With Head of Hawkish Party

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) with Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog.  The latter announced he was freezing the coalition talks he’s been holding with the premier. Photo: GPO.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) with Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog. The latter announced he was freezing the coalition talks he’s been holding with the premier. Photo: GPO.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to meet with Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the inclusion of the hawkish six-seat party in the razor-thin coalition, prompting Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog to say he was freezing the coalition talks he’s been holding with the premier.

Liberman on Wednesday held a press conference denying that Netanyahu, who has been steeped in marathon coalition negotiations with Herzog, ever directly extended an offer to his party to join the government, and said he would consider such a move if his demands were met.

Read full story at The Times of Israel.

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