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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to become Finance Minister if his Likud Party wins the upcoming national election on March 2 and he is asked to form the next coalition government.

The current Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, has announced he is retiring from politics after the upcoming election.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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