PM promised Jewish Home ministerial posts to merge with extremist party

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered the Jewish Home party two ministerial posts if it would run on a joint ticket with the extremist right-wing Otzma Yehudit faction as part of his efforts to ensure that minor right-wing parties come together ahead of national elections.

According to a statement from Likud, Netanyahu also offered the parties the number 28 spot on its Knesset list as party of the deal.

Jewish Home officials told Channel 13 the portfolios offered by Netanyahu were the housing and education ministries, and that the prime minister also promised the party two seats on the high-level security cabinet.

Netanyahu canceled his trip to Moscow today, reportedly to oversee mergers in his right-wing camp before a tomorrow’s deadline to submit party lists for the upcoming April election.

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