Coalition crisis over as Netanyahu accepts Litzman's compromise

Netanyahu accepts Health Minister's compromise in the coalition crisis with Jewish Home, which will in turn support expansion of coalition.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night accepted Health Minister Ya'akov Litzman’s (United Torah Judaism) compromise on the changes to the Security Cabinet, leading to the end of the crisis with Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

As such, the Cabinet will meet Monday morning to approve the appointment of Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Lieberman as Defense Minister, and the Jewish Home is expected to support the expansion of the coalition.

Bennett had threatened to bolt the coalition over his demand to have military secretaries appointed to every minister on the Security Cabinet, following a report indicating mishandling of the Cabinet in times of war.

According to Litzman's proposal, the head of the National Security Council (NSC) or his deputy would be responsible for reporting to ministers until a committee that Netanyahu has announced as a means of placating Bennett finishes its research, and proposes ways to improve the briefing of Cabinet ministers in three weeks' time.

Netanyahu had earlier rejected the offer, but Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home) on Sunday night urged him to accept it.

“The Litzman compromise is the most suitable compromise that could end this,” said Rabbi Ben-Dahan, adding, “I urge the Prime Minister to accept Litzman’s proposal and begin the work of the government in its expanded form.”

Netanyahu on Friday suggested the formation of a committee "to recommend ways to update and transfer data to the cabinet ministers, and their preparations for meetings while upholding the security of the information."

The Jewish Home rejected Netanyahu's committee proposal, calling it a "spin."








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