Deadline to Form Government Nears Netanyahu Assigning Senior Portfolios in Bid to Complete Coalition Deal

Likud sources: Moshe Ya'alon tapped as defense minister, Naftali Bennett in line for finance, while deal with Tzipi Livni for justice ministry may be reassessed; Foreign Ministry still main stumbling block.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began assigning cabinet portfolios on Wednesday in a bid to complete a coalition deal by early next week. Minister Moshe Ya’alon, a former military chief of staff, is expected to take the defense ministry, while Habayit Hayehudi leader

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