Once again, coalition negotiations at a standstill after Yesh Atid and Likud disagree over the Education Ministry portfolio.
‘Demand is audacious,’ says MK Regev
By Moran Azulay
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted a new government will be announced on Wednesday, but the optimistic forecast may be delayed by the latest clamoring over the coveted Education Ministry and other portfolios.
Monday night a meeting between Netanyahu and his intended coalition partners, Lapid and Naftali Bennett, was rife with disagreement, and concluded without scheduling new talks.
The Likud slammed Yesh Atid’s demand of the Education portfolio, with a senior negotiator saying that “there is no intention of handing the portfolio over.”
Yesh Atid made a bid for the Interior Ministry as well, another looming issue.
Despite the conflict, the teams managed to agree on several points, among them the equal share of the burden plan, handing the Finance Ministry portfolio to Yair Lapid and the extended Industry, Trade and Employment portfolio to Bennett.
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