Additional Details on Coalition Deal with Bayit Yehudi


bibeFew were surprised late Wednesday night when the announcement of a coalition agreement was released. It was clear to most that Likud and Bayit Yehudi were going to reach agreement for the alternative for either was a most unwelcome situation.

Many feel that in retrospect, Yahadut Hatorah’s misfortune was that it signed early on in the negotiating process, prior to the announcement that Yisrael Beitenu is joining the opposition. That announcement placed Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett is a position of power that far exceeded his most optimistic scenario, even more than during the last coalition talks when he had 12 seats.

Bennett and his colleagues walked away with more than they could have dreamed for, especially amid the realization the party has only 8 seats.

Ayelet Shaked will serve as Minister of Justice with all of the authority associated with the post with the exception of the Dayanim Appointment Committee, which is under Likud control. She will also be a member of the prestigious Security Cabinet, head of the Ministerial Law Committee and head of the Judicial Appointment Committee.

Naftali Bennett will serve as Minister of Education, Minister of Diaspora Affairs, and will be a member in the Security Cabinet.

Uri Ariel will be Minister of Agriculture with responsibility over the Settlement Division (Yehuda and Shomron), all “Garinim Torani’im” (Dati leumi resettlement projects such as in Akko and the Galil areas), and in all likelihood, responsible for national and civil service programs.

In addition, Bayit Yehudi will receive the Deputy Defense Minister slot with authority over all of Yehuda & Shomron, and the party will chair the Knesset Law Committee.

The items that have not yet been finalized will be addressed in the coming days.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Education and Justice are not especially desirable portfolios. Bennett wanted to be Foreign or Defense Minister, a job that would build up his credentials to aim to become Prime Minister. Secondary portfolios reinforce the idea that Bayit Yehudi is and will always be a secondary party, doomed to be a junior partner in the government, but never a senior partner.

    Yahadut Hatorah has never strived to run the country, and has always been focused on getting support for policies and programs that benefit their community, rather than patronage. More importantly, they needed to get Netanyahu to support a plan to repeal the criminal sanactions for draft refusal that Bayit Yehudi insisted on, and getting an agreement to support such a change was critical (but whether Kulanu will support the change is subject to debate).

  2. degel isn’t backstabbers (most of the time) they had demands that bibi was more than happy to give

    they aren’t so interested in the security cabinet