After Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi and Likud agreed upon a compromise last night, the government approved the Yisrael Beiteinu new ministers.
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Hours after the coalition crisis between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett was solved, the government approved the appointments of the Yisrael Beiteinu ministers today (Monday).
During today’s government meeting, the ministers unanimously voted in favor of Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman’s appointment as Defense Minister. He is expected to be sworn-in this evening. As part of Yisrael Beiteinu’s agreement to join the coalition, MK Sofa Landver will be sworn-in as the Minister of Immigrant Absorption this evening as well.
Last night, Netanyahu agreed to the compromise Health Minister Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) suggested. According to the compromise, the head of the National Security Council, or his deputy, will temporarily update the Cabinet members on security developments.
“I would like to thank the Prime Minister who agreed tonight to the compromise for the good of the IDF and its soldiers,” wrote Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett on his Facebook page. “Starting tomorrow morning, the Security Cabinet in Israel will no longer be without an officer who will update the ministers.” According to Bennett, his political party agreed to the compromise yesterday afternoon but Netanyahu rejected it. “I would like to thank Yaacov Litzman for bringing about the solution. The Health Minister did not give up until the Prime Minister also agreed to it tonight.”
Litzman also welcomed the agreement between the two sides and said: “I am full of hope that the government will expand and continue to work for the good of the Israeli citizens. God willing.”