Far-right Otzma Yehudit chief Itamar Ben Gvir reaffirms his position that his six-seat party will not join the emerging government without getting the Ministry for the Development of the Periphery, the Negev and the Galilee.
“We must invest there and without our ability to make it happen, we simply will not enter the government,” Ben Gvir says on the Knesset floor on Tuesday.
Along with increasing public security, advancing communities beyond Israel’s urban centers was a core Otzma Yehudit campaign promise.
Talks between Ben Gvir and bloc leader Likud hit a stumbling block on Monday, when Likud withdrew its offer to give Otzma Yehudit the ministry in charge of the periphery and development areas of the Galilee and Negev.
Instead, the ministry is expected to go to Shas as part of a sweetener for the Haredi party to release the finance ministry to another coalition ally, and Ben Gvir’s party was said to receive the agriculture ministry instead.