Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yamina party chief Naftali Bennett met in secret last week, according to a report released by Kan Sunday evening.

Negotiating teams from the Likud and Yamina parties also met secretly last week, the report said.

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According to the report, after the meetings, the clandestine talks between the two sides continued via telephone over the weekend, with the goal of preventing Yesh Atid chief Yair Lapid from receiving a mandate to form a coalition government should Netanyahu fail to build a coalition by the deadline.

Netanyahu has until Tuesday night to present a new government or lose the President’s mandate, which will then go either to the Knesset or to a rival candidate for the premiership. However, if Netanyahu makes progress towards forming a new government, he could request an extension from President Reuven Rivlin. Read more at Arutz-7