Senior aides in the Likud party said late Wednesday that chairman Binyamin Netanyahu has offered Kadima two senior Cabinet positions in exchange for its joining a nation unity government.
The two parties comprise 55 Knesset seats, leaving the Likud the option of completing the government with religious and strongly nationalist parties or Israel Is Our Home (Yisrael Beiteinu).
Kadima reportedly was offered to choose among the defense, finance and foreign affairs ministries. (Read full article here)
The Jerusalem Post denotes that both Likud and Kadima insiders are privately conveying the accepted political reality that both parties, for historical reasons, will probably have to unite.
The DEBKA File asserts that Netanyahu proffered 10 portfolios to Livni, no rotating leadership and desires to incorporate Labor head Ehud Barak into his coalition.
On the Kadima front, however, Livni is pushing Avigdor Lieberman very hard to, at a modicum, sway him to recommend to Pres. Shimon Peres that she get a first shot to form a new administration.
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