Netanyahu still trying to bring Erdan into cabinet

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will send coalition chairman Tzachi Hanegbi to meet with MK Gilad Erdan and try to end the dispute that has resulted in Netanyahu’s number two in Likud remaining outside the cabinet.

Tensions between Netanyahu and Erdan intensified Monday when the latter vowed to fight to dismantle the Bezeq Internet infrastructure monopoly. Communications Ministry Director- General Avi Berger, who Erdan appointed, was leading that effort until Netanyahu, who heads the ministry, fired him by phone Sunday evening.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog slammed Berger’s firing at Monday’s Zionist Union faction meeting, and vowed to take steps to prevent Netanyahu from harming the press after Netanyahu’s office announced on Monday that the Communications Ministry under his leadership would be in charge of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.


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