Jewish Home Demands Soldiers’ Wage Hike, Soldier Protection, Rather than Portfolios in Coalition Talks

"The basis for this is simple: the people of Israel have voted in a referendum on our national path, and the path of the Jewish Home and Likud has won big."

Nir Orbach

Jewish Home party representatives to the coalition talks on Thursday with representatives of the Likud did not present any demands for government portfolios, and instead made clear that their first priority is keeping promises made to right wing voters before the election.

Jewish Home director general Nir Orbach, who is part of the party’s negotiating team, said he and his colleagues “presented at the meeting our demands for this negotiations. It is no secret, our feelings over the Likud behavior these past few days have not been easy. Contrary to all the rumors in recent days, we refused to deal today with the subject of portfolios, which we’ll get to only after we conclude the discussion of our core principles.”

“The basis for this is simple: the people of Israel have voted in a referendum on our national path, and the path of the Jewish Home and Likud has won big. So Government policy must represent the path chosen by the people.”

“Among other things, we asked to pass the NGO Law to protect IDF soldiers, a strategic plan to strengthen the country’s north, raising enlisted soldiers’ pay in the third year of their compulsory service, and other issues.”

“In any case, whether we end up in the opposition or the coalition, we will keep the national path of Israel and hold on to our principles as reflected in the public’s votes for us and for Likud.”

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