Bennett to Receive Diaspora Affairs Ministry

Incremental progress made in coalition talks, hours after Bennett also reportedly given Education Ministry.

Hezki Baruch , | updated: 7:51 PM

Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett
Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett
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Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett will be given the Diaspora Affairs Ministry, Arutz Sheva has learned Wednesday, following an agreement with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. 

However, there is one catch, according to Walla! News: the Ministry will not include responsibility over Jerusalem, a demand which Jewish Home has been making in coalition talks for weeks. Instead, responsibility for the rest of Israel will be handed to Bennett, whereas a different minister will be responsible for the capital. 

Meanwhile, after five hours of discussion, agreements still have not been reached on the budget for the Education Ministry, nor on building in Judea-Samaria. 

The coalition agreements being formulated are also to advance a law allowing Israeli citizens abroad to vote, which Netanyahu has pushed for since 1997 under the assumption that most Israelis abroad tend to vote for the nationalist camp.

Several weeks ago, Globes reported that Jewish Home's Tekuma faction leader and #2 MK Uri Ariel will leave the Housing and Construction Ministry and become Agriculture Minister instead, while also being put in charge of the government's Settlement Division, the World Zionist Organization (WZO)-linked branch which maintains a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria. 

It also said that MK Ayelet Shaked, #3 on Jewish Home's list, was expected to gain a portfolio as well. It is unclear whether either portfolio was fulfilled as expected.