Shaked: No merger between Likud & New Right

'Each party is remaining independent and there are no implications for the future. In politics, anything is possible,' Shaked says.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Ayelet Shaked
Ayelet Shaked
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New Right leader MK Ayelet Shaked clarified that in the New Right's agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu there are "no mergers."

"Each party is remaining independent and there are no implications for the future that - as you see - in politics everything is unclear and anything is possible," she explained.

"I reiterate my consistent position - the government I aspire to establish is a right-wing government with Yisrael Beytenu. I'm doing everything I can to make it happen."

On Friday morning Netanyahu and New Right Chairman MK Naftali Bennett met at the Prime Minister's Office. The two agreed that the Likud and the New Right would immediately form a joint faction in the 22nd Knesset (according to the Likud-Israel-Beytenu model in the 19th Knesset) and work together as a joint faction throughout the current Knesset.

Netanyahu also offered Bennett the role of defense minister - and Bennett accepted the position.

The appointment will be brought for government approval at the upcoming meeting. Bennett agreed that if a solution to the political deadlock is found and a new government is established - such as a broad unity government or a narrow government - another person will be appointed as Defense Minister.

On Friday, just before sundown, Shaked tweeted: “Netanyahu offered us two ministerial portfolios from among the vacant ones: Agriculture, Diaspora and Welfare, or just Defense. In a joint decision, we agreed that Bennett would be appointed Defense Minister until the government is formed. I am convinced that this is what is right for the State of Israel."




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