Shas, Noam Reportedly Next for Coalition Deals

Head of the Shas party Rabbi Aryeh Deri. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Likud appears to be lining up coalition agreements, with reports Sunday that the Shas and Noam Parties could be up next following Friday’s deal with the Otzma Yehudit Party.

Shas could sign an initial agreement as soon as Sunday, with leader Rabbi Aryeh Deri possibly receiving the role of deputy prime minister as well as the health and interior ministries.

Prime minister-designate and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu could also give three more ministerial positions to the Shas Party, according to reports by Kan News, the Religious Services Ministry and possibly the Welfare and Social Affairs Ministry and the Periphery Development Ministry.

Avi Moaz, leader of the Noam party, could become a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. Moaz is the only MK representing Noam.

These reports come after Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben-Gvir reached an agreement with the Likud that will see him become the country’s first national security minister.

Meanwhile, Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy reportedly plans to hold up the appointment of his successor, a move that could delay the swearing-in of a Likud-led coalition.

The right-wing bloc had reportedly planned to replace Levy quickly in order to gain control of the Knesset’s legislative agenda and quickly pass several key laws, including legislation that would allow the appointment of Rabbi Deri as a minister.

Without such legislation, the parties in the right-wing bloc will not be able to swear in a new government with Rabbi Deri serving as minister.

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