Naftali Bennett and Benjamin Netanyahu have officially reached an agreement, and the Bayit Yehudi party will be joining the coalition, giving Netanyahu the 61 seats he needed before midnight tonight to form his coalition government.
Bennett will be the Education Minister, Minister of Diaspora Affairs, as well as Deputy Minister of Defense in charge of the Civil Adminsitration. Uri Ariel will be the Agriculture Minister with control over the Settlement Division.
And Ayelet Shaked will be the Justice Minister, and will chair the ministerial committee for legislation and the judicial appointments committee.
Naftali Bennett said, “This isn’t a rightwing government, this isn’t a leftwing government, and this isn’t a center government. It is a government of all the nation of of Israel.”
There will be an official signing within a few days. PM Netanyahu spoke with President Rivlin and informed him that he has a coalition, and the Knesset will be convened soon to vote on the new government.