The coalition agreement that will send Israel’s 33rd government on its way is to be signed tonight, sources in the Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu said. A deadlock over the formation of a government was broken after the Likud conceded the Education Ministry to Yesh Atid. Rabbi Shai Piron, number two on the Yesh Atid list, will be named Education Minister. Yair Lapid will be named Finance Minister. Yesh Atid will receive two more portfolios, the sources said: Yael German will be named Health Minister, and Ya’akov Peri will be named Science Minister.
Bayit Yehudi will receive three portfolios, the sources said. Naftali Bennett will be Minister of Economics and Commerce, which will be the new name of the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry, and an MK from the party will be named Sports and Culture Minister. Bayit Yehudi will also be given the Religious Affairs, Diaspora and Jerusalem portfolio, with Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan likely to be named Religious Affairs Minister. Uri Ariel will be the Minister of Construction and Housing and will be in charge of the Israel Lands Administration. This should be very good news for residents of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, because Ariel is unlikely to cooperate with any scheme for housing freezes in these areas, and will likely make every effort to increase construction there.
Bayit Yehudi will also head the Knesset Finance Committee. Tzippy Livni will be Justice Minister, and Amir Peretz, number two on the Hatnu’a list, will be named Environment Minister. Read more coverage from Arutz Sheva.