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Netanyahu deadly afraid of his rival?

Netanyahu offered his Likud rival Silvan Shalom the post of vice premier, rather than vice prime minister. The latter automatically succeeds if the acting prime minister is absent or incapacitated. Either Netanyahu is afraid that Shalom may want to assassinate him, or he distrusts Shalom to the extent of not leaving him the reins for even a couple of days during his absence on foreign trips.

On the bright side, Netanyahu offered the Settlement Authority to the National Union bloc. The move is largely symbolic, as the NU would still need the Defense Ministry’s approval for beefing up outposts and settlement construction.

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