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Deri said to walk out of coalition talks with Netanyahu, Smotrich

Shas chairman MK Aryeh Deri seen after coalition talks with Religious Zionist party head MK Bezalel Smotrich and Likud head MK Benjamin Netanyahu, outside a hotel in Jerusalem, December 5, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Shas chairman MK Aryeh Deri seen after coalition talks with Religious Zionist party head MK Bezalel Smotrich and Likud head MK Benjamin Netanyahu, outside a hotel in Jerusalem, December 5, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

Shas chief Aryeh Deri reportedly walks out of coalition talks with Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Religious Zionism head Bezalel Smotrich, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

Deri was reportedly demanding that the interior and health ministries, which his party is set to get, be exempt from oversight by the Finance Ministry’s budgetary department.

Smotrich who is set to become finance minister vehemently refuses, saying such a move violates his coalition agreements with Netanyahu.

Deri, for his part, says failure to exempt his ministries violates his agreements with Likud.

This is the second time in a week that Deri has reportedly clashed with Netanyahu during talks.

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