While the issue of deputy prime minister appears to be delaying the signing of coalition agreements, there are other changes that appear in the works. Bayit Yehudi MK Naftali Bennett will most likely be the next Minister of Religious Services, and Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan will be his deputy minister.
It was first believed that Ben-Dahan would be the minister, but as the number of cabinet ministers was cut in line with Yesh Atid’s demands, it was suggested that Ben-Dahan would be the deputy minister with ministerial authority, similar to the Yaakov Litzman serving as minister of health with ministerial authority in the outgoing administration.
Bennett will also be the Minister of Diaspora and Jerusalem affairs. The issue of he and Yair Lapid becoming deputy prime ministers has yet to be resolved.
What is certain is the fact that until the coalition agreements are signed, additional changes can be expected.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)