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Israeli Cabinet OKs Hard-liner Naftali Bennett as Defence Minister

Israeli Cabinet OKs Hard-liner Naftali Bennett as Defence Minister

The Cabinet voted on Sunday for hard-line politician Naftali Bennett to become defence minister until a permanent government takes hold.

Jerusalem: The Israeli Cabinet has approved hard-line politician Naftali Bennett as defence minister in the country's caretaker government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Bennet, with whom he has a rocky relationship, last week.

Netanyahu appears to be trying to shore up support among his right-wing base. He's hoping to block attempts by his chief rival, Benny Gantz, to form Israel's next government.

The Cabinet voted on Sunday for Bennett to become defence minister until a permanent government takes hold.

Gantz is in the process of trying to cobble together a majority coalition after inconclusive elections in September. Netanyahu had the first try at forming a government, but failed.

Bennett, who leads the New Right party, has demanded tougher military action against militants in Gaza.


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