Yamina to break up? Peretz meets Netanyahu again

Rabbi Rafi Peretz reportedly considering leaving Yamina to join unity government in exchange for Jerusalem Ministry.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Rafi Peretz
Rafi Peretz
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Education Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz is reportedly considering the Yamina party and joining the Netanyahu-Gantz unity government in exchange for the Jerusalem and Heritage portfolio.

Peretz met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the second time today, and is seriously considering the proposal to be appointed Jerusalem Minister. He will also be granted authority over settlement and national service.

The second meeting between Netanyahu and Rabbi Peretz did not take place with the consent of senior Yamina officials.

Earlier, Yamina chairman Defense Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu in an attempt to reach a compromise that would allow the party to join the unity government.

During the conversation, the prime minister said that the Likud's proposal has not changed and will not change and that the proposal on the table is the Jerusalem Portfolio, a deputy minister with responsibility for national service and settlement, part-chairmanship of the absorption committee and another ministry.

The conversation ended without an agreement.

At the end, Minister Naftali Bennett wrote on Twitter, "The decision is Netanyahu's. As I said from the beginning, we want to enter the government only if we have influence. Impact is entirely derived from areas of responsibility. If the prime minister wants us in positions of influence, we would love to come in. If the prime minister wants us marginalized, weak and influential, we would prefer to go to the opposition."

Sources in Yamina said: "The words senior economic portfolio were not mentioned in the conversation, nor was the education portfolio. Netanyahu said "another portfolio " without specifying which one. The meaning: the offer has been lessened."