Otzma Yehudit will receive the Ministry of Internal Security in an expanded capacity, the Heritage Ministry and the Negev and Galilee Ministry.

 Benjamin Netanyahu and Itamar Ben-Gvir meet. (photo credit: LIKUD SPOKESPERSON)
Benjamin Netanyahu and Itamar Ben-Gvir meet. (photo credit: LIKUD SPOKESPERSON)


Significant progress has been made in the negotiations between Otzma Yehudit, Shas and the Likud to form a government, although some issues in dispute still remain, the Likud said in a statement on Thursday night.

So far it has been agreed that Otzma Yehudit will receive the Public Security Ministry in an expanded capacity with Itamar Ben-Gvir at it’s helm, the Heritage Ministry, which was split from the Jerusalem Ministry, as well as the Negev and Galilee Ministry, which was split from the Periphery Ministry, and was one of the main obstacles in the talks.

An agreement has not yet been reached in the dispute over the Periphery Ministry itself, which Shas also demands, according to a statement by Otzma Yehudit.

There are further differences of opinion regarding the regulation of young settlements, the implementation of the five-year law and various ideological issues, In addition to security affairs, law, governance and Jewish Identity.

Likud and Shas make progress, talks with Smotrich still at a deadlock

The Likud and Shas made progress in the talks between the parties to form the next government on Wednesday.

According to statements by both parties, Shas chairman Aryeh Deri will receive the interior and health ministries, in addition to other portfolios for party members such as the religion portfolio to which former minister Yaakov Avitan is supposed to return, as well as two more portfolios. The parties aim to sign a joint principle agreement “as soon as possible.”

The possibility of rotation between Deri and the chairman of Religious Zionism, Bezalel Smotrich, on the treasury portfolio is still being examined.

If the parties manage to agree on this, Smotrich will serve in the position for the first two years and then transfer the office to Deri and serve in his place in the interior and health ministries. So far , the gaps with Smotrich are significant and the Likud hopes to bridge them with the progress with the rest of the coalition.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post