Netanyahu and Lapid At Odds Over Cabinet Jobs
Times of Israel – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a secret weekend meeting with prospective coalition partner Yair Lapid, Channel 2 News reported Monday night. The meeting took place Saturday, a day before Netanyahu sat down with Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett, and reportedly dealt with the division of Cabinet posts.
On Monday, Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Lapid was aiming for the Foreign Ministry for himself, and also sought the Education, Welfare and Interior ministries for party members. The Channel 2 report said Netanyahu wanted to keep the foreign affairs portfolio for his own Likud-Beytenu alliance — former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman has said it is being held for him or a member of his Yisrael Beytenu party — and offered Lapid the finance portfolio instead.