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Netanyahu said trying to convince Deri to take defense minister post

Shas leader Aryeh Deri arrives for coalition talks at a hotel in Jerusalem on November 9, 2022 (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)
Shas leader Aryeh Deri arrives for coalition talks at a hotel in Jerusalem on November 9, 2022 (Olivier Fitoussi/ Flash90)

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu is said to be trying to convince Shas leader Aryeh Deri to take the defense portfolio.

Channel 12 reports that with coalition negotiations stuck over Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich demand for the defense portfolio, Netanyahu wants to give Smotrich an alternative senior ministry, finance.

However, Deri is currently in line to take over the Treasury and apparently reluctant to give it up for the defense ministry. Deri’s Shas party has long positioned itself as a social welfare party, while many of its constituents do not serve in the IDF.

Netanyahu met with Deri for several hours today.

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