Shas is close to entering Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s coalition and its three leaders have been offered ministerial portfolios, Channel 10 News reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, MK Eli Yishai will be appointed Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, MK Aryeh Deri will be Welfare Minister and MK Ariel Atias will be appointed to the position of Infrastructure Minister.
Yishai, however, rejected the report, telling Channel 10, “We did not talk about ministerial portfolios. I only hear the rumors.”
The report indicated that Likud officials had told Shas that the party must be presented as having received less prestigious ministries than in the previous government, meaning it cannot receive the Interior and Housing Ministries it held in the outgoing cabinet. Read more at Arutz 7.