A report on Hadashot News said that Jewish Home has asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to fire Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, taking away their ministerial posts and demoting them to mere MKs. According to the report, Jewish Home officials said that the posts had been allocated to the party, and with the departure of Bennett and Shaked from Jewish Home, the posts should go to members of the party.
According to the report, Netanyahu is considering the request. In a statement Motzoei Shabbos, the Likud said that no such request had been made, and it was not being considered. Meanwhile, in a social media post Motzoei Shabbos, Bennett’s New Right party said that it would join a government led only by Netanyahu. “After many requests, it should be understood that we will recommend only Netanyahu as prime minister, as the leader of the national camp, after the next election.”
Meanwhile, Jewish Home is in the process of rebuilding its list, after the departure of Bennett, Shaked and Shuli Mualem, who has also moved to the New Right. According to the report, MK Moti Yogev, who has taken administrative command of the party in the interim, has asked several prominent figures to join the list, among them Yiftach Ron-Tal, Director of the Israel Electric Corporation; former IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz; and Amitai Porat, head of the Religious Kibbutz Movement.
In an interview, Yogev said that he was interested in the position of chairperson of the party, but “I will not fight to get it at any price. If someone with the right personality that can bring in more votes comes along I will support them. Our objective is to make Jewish Home as big and as strong as possible,” Yogev said.