You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Israeli Cabinet OKs hard-liner Bennett as defense minister

AP  |  Jerusalem 

The Israeli Cabinet has approved hard-line politician Naftali Bennett as defense 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 Sunday for Bennett to become defense 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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, November 10 2019. 19:30 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU