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Report: Defense portfolio to remain in Likud, won’t go to Smotrich

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu waves to his supporters at his party's headquarters in Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu waves to his supporters at his party's headquarters in Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Channel 12 news, citing sources in the ongoing coalition negotiations, says the defense portfolio will remain within Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, and won’t go to Religious Zionism chair Bezalel Smotrich.

Incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly been weighing several candidates for the senior post, including Smotrich, Shas leader Aryeh Deri and Likud MK Yoav Gallant, the latter of which was a former head of the military’s Southern Command.

According to Channel 12, Smotrich will likely get the Finance Ministry and Deri the Interior Ministry.

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