Absorption Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) called on former Interior Minister Gilad Erdan to take back his refusal to join the government.
"We exchanged words at the plenum but there was no real, long conversation [about it]," Elkin stated Friday morning to Army Radio. "I am very upset that Gilad is currently staying outside the government and call on him to join it."
Elkin stressed Erdan's very high position in Likud and stated that he should be a minister.
"There's no reason he would not be in this government," he said. "Ultimately I believe that Gilad can and must find his place in the government."
Erdan addressed publicly his decision on Facebook Friday morning, after reportedly rejecting an offer to become Public Security Minister in the thirty-fourth government of Israel.
Citing "principles," he insisted that without both the Interior Ministry and the Public Security Ministry – the latter of which he had been offered – he could not effectively foment change in Israel's security establishment.
Instead, MK Yariv Levin (Likud) has been appointed Public Security Minister and MK Silvan Shalom (Likud) is Interior Minister.