Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Finance Minister (and minister within the defense ministry) Betzalel Smotrich held their first meeting on Thursday to discuss their working relations and policies regarding the West Bank.
Controversially, Smotrich was granted certain authorities regarding the West Bank's Civil Administration which handles various civil issues relating to the Palestinians, roadwork and other civil issues.
This was despite the fact that such authorities have always been exclusively held by the Defense Minister since the Civil Administration itself and the West Bank, in general, are run by the IDF as a military administration.
Who else was at the meeting?
IDF Maj. Gen. and Civil Administration chief Rasan Elian also attended the meeting.
Despite the announcement, the parties did not actually announce what the breakdown of power-sharing will be.
Previously, IDF chief-of-staff Aviv Kohavi objected to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the idea that anyone other than the IDF would determine Civil Administration policies, given that every civilian decision has a potential military side to it.