Overcoming major hurdle, Netanyahu, Ben-Gvir reach coalition deal


Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu and far-right Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben-Gvir signed a coalition agreement Friday after a week-long delay in negotiations due to disagreements over ministerial roles.

Ben-Gvir will be appointed national affairs minister, a post that is a version a version of the public affairs portfolio with an expanded purview that also includes the Real Estate Enforcement division and the Judea and Samaria Border Police division.

“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” Joshua 1:3

Overcoming major hurdle, Netanyahu, Ben-Gvir reach coalition deal

Additionally, Ben-Gvir’s party will be tasked with Negev and Galilee ministry – which will now be decoupled from the Social Periphery Ministry – and the Heritage Ministry. Otzma Yehudit MK Amichai Eliyahu will preside over the latter, while the Negev and Galilee Ministry will be headed Yitzhak Wasserlauf, the faction’s deputy leader.

“We took an important step to establish a full right-wing government,” the Otzma Yehudit leader said after the signing. “I am happy that the agreement allows us to realize our election promises: for the security and strengthening of the Negev, the Galilee and the periphery.”

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