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Netanyahu and Bennett. (photo credit:ABIR SULTAN / POOL / AFP,REUTERS)


A looming coalition crisis, which threatened to thwart Avigdor Liberman and Yisrael Beytenu’s entry into the government and potentially result in a national election, had reportedly been averted late Sunday night.

Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett announced over social media that he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had come to an understanding over the unresolved issue regarding the security cabinet. 

Bennett had been demanding that a military secretary regularly brief the security cabinet, which consists of senior MKs including Bennett, rather than allow Netanyahu and incoming defense minister Liberman to control the information flow from the military and security services to the remaining members of the body.

According to a Facebook post some minutes after his initial tweet on the subject, Bennett said that as of Monday, “there will be a military secretary” appointed to brief the security cabinet. 

“I would like to thank (UTJ leader) Ya’acov Litzman for bringing about the solution (to the crisis),” Bennett wrote, adding that he also wanted to thank Netanyahu for accepting the proposal, which was “for the good of the IDF and its soldiers.”

As per the terms of the agreement, the head (or deputy head) of the National Security Council will be at the security cabinet’s disposal to brief its members on developments pertaining to national security.

Netanayhu’s former national security adviser, Maj.-Gen. (res) Ya’akov Amidror, will also be appointed to propose ways in which the security cabinet’s work can be further reformed.

Bennett and other senior figures have been vocally critical over the operation of the cabinet, which is responsible for making critical decisions, such as authorizing the deployment of IDF ground troops.

The current situation, where the security cabinet were not guaranteed to have been informed on all the relevant information before being called for a vote, had led to a situation whereby the prime minister, minister of defense and the security establishment were able to choose to withhold information from the remaining cabinet members, leaving them in the dark.

Bennett, clearly keen to move on from the crisis, concluded his post: “The Jewish nation won. Back to work,” indicating that even in the early hours of Monday morning, the matter was already yesterday’s news.

The vote to expand the government is now set to go ahead later in the day.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post