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Israel: Smotrich cancels trip to US to continue coalition talks

November 21, 2022 at 3:32 pm

Head of Israel’s Jewish Zionism list Bezalel Smotrich [GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP via Getty Images]

Israeli Member of Knesset Bezalel Smotrich, who heads the Religious Zionist Party, has cancelled a scheduled trip to New York so as to complete negotiations to form a government coalition, Maariv reported.

Smotrich invited Likud to more talks between all stakeholders in order to finalise the negotiations and form a government as soon as possible.

The Religious Zionist Party leader has said he is seeking the defence portfolio, while Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu wants a member of his Likud Party to head that ministry.

Likud sources recently reported that Netanyahu had offered Smotrich the foreign ministry post, but the latter refused it.

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