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Less than a day after ‘halting’ coalition talks, Ben Gvir again meets with Netanyahu

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Otzma Yehudit head Itamar Ben Gvir are meeting in the Knesset, despite the fact that the the latter declared a halt in their coalition negotiations on Sunday night.

Coalition talks have slowed in recent days as the various parties that are expected to make up the next government have adopted strict bargaining positions over which ministries and authorities they want to control.

The far-right Ben Gvir has demanded the Public Security Ministry, which would give him control over the police, as well as the office tasked with overseeing the Negev and Galil regions. Likud has accepted some of Ben Gvir’s requests on legislative issues, but has pushed back against some of his ministry demands.

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