Coalition negotiations resume as Knesset set to begin operating

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Coalition negotiations resume as Knesset set to begin operating
Benjamin Netanyahu had hoped to swear in the coalition at the Knesset inauguration but was unable to form a coalition in time.
By ELIAV BREUER
Published: NOVEMBER 15, 2022

Coalition negotiations picked up steam on Tuesday evening following the Knesset inauguration ceremony, after stalling during the past week. Party leaders took advantage of being under the same roof to launch a number of meetings. First to meet after the ceremony were Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu and Religious Zionism Party chairman Bezalel Smotrich. Netanyahu then met with United Torah Judaism MK Moshe Gafni and Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben-Gvir, Channel 12 reported.

Representatives of Shas also met with Likud negotiators, according to Israel Hayom. Smotrich reportedly has been the main obstacle in the talks, as he is demanding the position of defense minister, while Netanyahu prefers to give the position to an experienced MK from his own party.

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