News Brief 3/13/2013, Nisan 2, 5773
Coalition Talks: Rabbi Ben-Dahan to Head Religious Services
Coalition talks continue between Likud, Yesh Atid and Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home). Talks are expected to draw to a close Wednesday or Thursday, allowing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to report back to President Shimon Peres before his Saturday night deadline.
There are reports that MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan will be appointed as Deputy Minister of Religious Services, and no minister will be appointed above him. A similar tactic was used in the last government, in which MK Yaakov Litzman served as Deputy Minister of Health, but as there was no Health Minister, in effect acted as minister.