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Netanyahu meets with Deri as battle over finance minister gig drags on

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

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Shas chief Aryeh Deri at the swearing-in ceremony of the 25th Knesset, at the parliament building in Jerusalem, November 15, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)
Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Shas chief Aryeh Deri at the swearing-in ceremony of the 25th Knesset, at the parliament building in Jerusalem, November 15, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)

Prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Shas head Aryeh Deri, according to a spokesman from Netanyahu’s Likud party.

The two are reportedly working on a solution to the Finance Ministry portfolio, desired by both Deri and Religious Zionism head Bezalel Smotrich.

Smotrich has also said he would like the position of defense minister, something Netanyahu has reportedly ruled out.

Deri and Netanyahu reportedly end their meeting without any agreement.

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