Likud to meet Noam leader after party threatens to boycott coalition

Likud to meet Noam leader after party threatens to boycott coalition

Likud to meet Noam leader after party threatens to boycott coalition

Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with far-right Noam Party leader Avi Maoz and its sole lawmaker on Tuesday amid threats from the anti-LGBT party to boycott the coalition.

Noah, who ran on a united far-right platform along with Religious Zionism and Otzma Yehudith, had demanded the right to negotiate separate terms to include his one seat in the 64-member religious-right coalition that won Israel’s November 1 election.

Maoz’s requirements for joining the coalition are not yet known, according to Likud party sources, and Maoz’s office declined a request to elaborate.

A source close to Mao said that as of Tuesday morning, Mao had not received an invitation to meet with Netanyahu, despite wanting to negotiate separately from Religious Zionism and Otzma Yehudite, and that the party was therefore considering pulling out of the coalition and challenging. the government from its right wing.

The invitation to meet with Netanyahu appears to have arrived shortly after.

Noyam had hand-stitched on Netanyahu’s far-right Religious Zionism-Otzma Yehudite newspaper in an effort to retain the right-wing vote in what was predicted to be a tight election.

Maoz has grabbed headlines for his anti-LGBT stance and, days after Religious Zionism became the second-largest party in Netanyahu’s coalition, said he would pass the legislation banning pride parades, restore the banned and largely corrupt conversion therapyreverse reforms that have opened up the kosher certification market and promote “Jewish education» in public schools.

“Likud” found itself in the awkward position of being the most left-wing member of the coalition it created. The party has a prominent gay lawmaker and several of its MPs have rejected some of the extreme ideology of far-right colleagues. A Noam party source suggests there may be forces within Likud that want Maoz out of the coalition.

Likud to meet Noam leader after party threatens to boycott coalition

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for coalition talks with his political allies in Jerusalem, November 6, 2022. (Yonathan Sindel/Flash90)

However, Likud sources reiterated their “intention to bring [Maoz] enter a coalition”.

On Sunday, Netanyahu met with Religious Zionist party leader Bezalel Smotrich, United Torah Judaism leader Yitzhak Goldknopf and Degel HaTorah subgroup leader Moshe Gafni, and Shas leader Aryeh Deri.

On Monday, Netanyahu met with Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben Gvir, who is holding separate talks with Netanyahu but reiterated his commitment to coordinate with Smotrich before finalizing the coalition.

Listed in the opposition ranks since June 2021, Netanyahu is reportedly putting hard pressure on colleagues to quickly form a government and work out the details later. Smotrich, who is said to be wary of relying on unspoken promises, is reported to have pushed back on a thin agreement focused mainly on splitting ministerial portfolios and instead wants to seal a policy-laden coalition agreement before agreeing to join the government.

Fast-paced coalition talks led by Netanyahu’s right-hand man Yair Levin could leave Likud with more power than the party had originally hoped.

Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu meets with UTJ MK Moshe Gafni in Jerusalem on November 6, 2022. (courtesy)

While Likud reportedly wanted to keep the top defense, foreign and finance ministries for its members, Smotrich is said to want either defense or finance, with an emphasis on the latter, which is more feasible.

Ben Gvir, who ran his far-right campaign to deport “disloyal” Israelis, loosen open military rules in the fight against Palestinian violence and improve governance and personal security inside Israel, has demanded what is reportedly becoming a Ministry of Public Security. more likely. It also claimed a second ministry for Ben Gvir’s number two, first-time lawmaker Yitzhak Wasserlauf.

Shas is reportedly demanding an interior ministry, among other demands.

United Torah Judaism is expected to restore Gafni’s powerful chairmanship of the Knesset’s finance committee and deputy minister positions for its lawmakers, who are ideologically barred from accepting ministries by their rabbis.

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