Yamina MK Orbach heads to third meeting today with Bennett before likely defection

According to various media reports, Yamina MK Nir Orbach is ready to leave the current governing coalition, and is scheduled to meet for the third time today with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett later tonight.

According to a report in Walla, Orbach is considering voting to dissolve the Knesset in an initial vote and then attempt to form a new government within the current Knesset without holding a new national election. Such a move would prevent Foreign Minister Yair Lapid from becoming interim prime minister during the election period.

But if a new government cannot be formed, Orbach is expected to vote in a second and third reading to head into a new election, a move that would anoint Lapid prime minister, according to coalition agreements.

Orbach, who has been seen as the most likely new defector from the faltering governing coalition, met with Bennett on Wednesday and Thursday nights, and twice already today, without issuing any details or decisions of the meetings.

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