Ben-Dahan returns to Defense Ministry

One coalition crisis ends as Cabinet reinstates MK Eli Ben-Dahan after PM initially blocks his reinstatement.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan
Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan
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The Cabinet approved the re-appointment of MK Eli Ben-Dahan as the Deputy Defense Minister Monday.

The move brings to an end a crisis within the coalition.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had initially prevented the reinstatement of MK Ben-Dahan, whose term automatically expired when former Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman submitted his resignation.

The Jewish Home party threatened to vote against the coalition in all votes until Ben-Dahan was reinstated as Deputy Defense Minister.

On Sunday evening, Prime Minister Netanyahu backed down and announced that Ben-Dahan would be reinstated.

Ben-Dahan will serve directly under Netanyahu, who announced that he would assume the post of Defense Minister.


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