While the presidential mandate to form a coalition will only be given next week, the negotiations towards assembling a coalition have begun. The various parties are making their wish lists and faction members are already preparing themselves for serving in various ministries and Knesset committees.
Based on the assumption the Yesh Atid party is not in the coalition, MK Yaakov Litzman hopes to retake control of the Health Ministry. In the 18th Knesset he served as the deputy minister of health with the authority of a minister. At present, the ministry is run by Minister Yael German of the Yesh Atid party.
Officials in Yahadut Hatorah have already floated the rumor to the media that entering the coalition will be conditional to Litzman receiving the ministry.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)