Smotrich promises: "A good government will be established in the coming days" (Knesset Channel)
Likud and Religious Zionism agreed that the party's chairman, Bezalel Smotrich, would serve as Minister of Finance on a rotating basis, and in the middle of the term he would move to the position of Minister of the Interior. It was also agreed that the party would receive the settlement and absorption portfolios. In the middle of the term, Religious Zionism would also receive the transportation or education portfolio, subject to to the
Sources in the party claim that beyond that "there will be significant powers over the settlement in Judea and Samaria." According to them, most of the things in the negotiations were agreed upon with the Likud.
In addition, the Constitution Committee in the Knesset, where legal reforms will be discussed during the upcoming term, will be in the hands of religious Zionism.
The rotation on the Treasury portfolio is with Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri due to a compromise reached with him after the religious Zionist chairman did not agree to withdraw from his demand to receive one of the two portfolios: Treasury or Defense. However, according to the summary, this is not the only portfolio in which There will be rotation. The portfolio of transport or education will also be transferred to Smotrich during the term.
Likud and Religious Zionism issued a joint statement after the publication about the distribution of the files and positions and said that it "is not accurate. We suggest waiting for an orderly publication after the signing of the agreement."
Smotrich and Netanyahu at their meeting this week (photo: official website, Likud spokesperson)
Last night, the parties made progress in negotiations and reached the threshold of signing and agreements on most of the issues, in which it was decided to appoint a temporary Knesset Speaker immediately. This, in accordance with the request of the Prime Minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Smotrich and Netanyahu met the other day, and at the end of the meeting the Chairman of Religious Zionism announced Because "there is progress. We are much more optimistic."
Likud strives to have all the parties sign agreements as quickly as possible, but Netanyahu does not yet plan to inform President Yitzhak Herzog that he has managed to form a government.
This is due to the demands of his partners for legislation that would precede the swearing in of the government, primarily the demand of Shas chairman Aryeh Deri, the designated Minister of the Interior and Health, to enact a law that would allow him to be appointed as a minister, despite being convicted of tax offenses last year.
In order to advance the law that will allow Deri to be appointed as a minister even before the inauguration, the future coalition should first replace the Knesset Speaker, Miki Levy, with someone from its own behalf, so that there are no delays in legislation in the Knesset.