Likud Angered by Other Parties' Demands

Minister Silvan Shalom argues Sunday senior portfolios should remain with Likud, says potential coalition partners need to be more modest.

Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank,

Silvan Shalom
Silvan Shalom
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Party heads primed to be part of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's next government are making their ministerial demands known and Likud is not happy about it. 

Angered by the other parties' so-called impudence, Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom argued Sunday that the defense, foreign affairs, and finance portfolios should remain in Likud. 

Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett and Yisraeli Beytenu Chairman Avidgor Liberman have both come up as potential candidates for defense minister and foreign minister. 

Former Likud minister and Kulanu Chairman Moshe Kahlon, meanwhile, is expected to receive finance minister - as offered by Netanyahu mere days before elections last Tuesday. 

"The demands of our [coalition] partners are like they're the ones who received 30 mandates, and not us," Shalom told Army Radio Sunday morning. 

"I mean they have to look at the reality and understand who the leading party is, and who the biggest party is. Of course, they should be more modest," he charged. 

Party representatives will meet Sunday and Monday with President Reuven Rivlin to present their recommendations on the candidate to form the next government. 

Likud and the Zionist Union will begin the day followed by the Joint Arab List, Jewish Home, Shas and United Torah Judaism. The remaining parties - Yisrael Beytenu, Yesh Atid, Meretz, and Kulanu - will arrive on Monday. 




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