Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bayit Yehudi Chairman MK Naftali Bennett held their first meeting after a five year break up. The meeting, at the Prime minister's office in Tel Aviv, lasted two hours.
Bennett refused to comment on the meeting and said only that he hopes the reporters and the entire nation have an excellent day. The Prime Minister's Office said that the meeting was "straightforward" and that the two discussed "all of the subjects on the agenda," and agreed to continue their talks in coming days.
Meanwhile, sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu say its all personal between Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett, Haaretz reports. “It’s all personal. Netanyahu doesn’t want Bennett at the coalition table because of the baggage between them," said an associate of the premier. "If someone else were the head of Habayit Hauehudi, the party could have signed a coalition agreement long ago."
"After all, there are no yawning gaps between Netanyahu’s world view and that of Habayit Hayehudi," the source added. "Instead of discussing the essential matters, Netanyahu has refused to meet with Bennett until today, or have a serious telephone conversation with him."