In a conversation with Bezalel Smotrich, hours before the Knesset voted to dissolve itself and initiate snap elections, Likud coalition negotiator Natan Eshel told the Union of Right-Wing Parties No. 2 that he would not be appointed justice minister.
“The next justice minister will hold the keys to the fate of the prime minister and his family. There is no chance that you will receive these keys. Forget about [receiving] the justice portfolio,” the Kan public broadcaster quotes Eshel as having said.
“It’s not a political matter. It’s a personal matter, so there’s no way you’ll get the case,” Eshel added.
Eshel, a former aide to Netanyahu, resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations.