Matan Kahana
Matan KahanaAvshalom Sassoni‎‏/Flash90

The Deputy Minister of Religious Services, Matan Kahana, has been trying in recent days to achieve a majority to approve his re-appointment to the position of Minister of Religious Services, Kan 11 News reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, there is a possibility to obtain a majority for the appointment following the resignation of MK Amichi Chikli.

Kahana’s associates have approached the factions in the coalition and asked for their help during the process.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid expressed his support for the appointment, but made it clear that he would not be the one to help obtain a majority for its approval.

Meanwhile, some of the factions in the coalition did not respond to Kahana's request at all, Wednesday’s report said. Blue and White simply did not provide an answer as to whether they would support the appointment and Meretz is considering whether it is appropriate for them to allow the appointment of a minister identified with the right during an election campaign.

Kahana resigned from his position as a minister and returned to the Knesset in May, in a move meant to strengthen the coalition following the resignation of former coalition chairwoman MK Idit Silman.

He was then appointed deputy minister and was to have been reappointed minister in June, but the vote on the matter ended in a tie after Silman voted against it.