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Smotrich reportedly demanding either Defense Ministry or Treasury

Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich arrives for coalition talks with Likud chief Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem, November 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich arrives for coalition talks with Likud chief Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem, November 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Far-right Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich demanded he receive either the Defense Ministry or Treasury during coalition talks today with Likud chief Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli television reports say.

According to Channel 12 news, Smotrich backed his electoral partner Itamar Ben Gvir’s demand to be appointed public security minister.

The Kan public broadcaster reports that Smotrich also called for an “expanded” override clause allowing the Knesset to void Supreme Court rulings with a simple majority and not require at least 61 MKs. The report says, however, that Netanyahu and his ultra-Orthodox allies are opposed to such a measure.

Meanwhile, Channel 13 news says Ben Gvir is expected to call for imposing tougher conditions on security prisoners when he meets with Netanyahu tomorrow.

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