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Deri, Smotrich sit down together as both eye job of finance minister

Bezalel Smotrich (second from left) talks to Aryeh Deri (right) at the Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. (Alex Kolomoisky/POOL)
Bezalel Smotrich (second from left) talks to Aryeh Deri (right) at the Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. (Alex Kolomoisky/POOL)

Shas chief Aryeh Deri and Religious Zionism head Bezalel Smotrich sit down together as both are reportedly gunning to become finance minister in the next government.

Deri — a former interior minister who was convicted of corruption two decades ago and resigned from the Knesset earlier this year as part of an unrelated plea agreement — has told prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu that he wants to be finance minister, which is considered a senior ministerial position.

Smotrich has had his eye on the Defense Ministry, which Netanyahu is reportedly against, or the Finance Ministry.

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