Prominent Likud members and MKs did not receive the ministerial posts they hoped for - several already voiced their displeasure with the PM.
PM Netanyahu appointed two trusted officials to important non-ministerial positions in the new government.
Four laws are being fast-tracked through the Knesset's legislative process, using the incoming coalition's Knesset majority.
Herzog awarded Netanyahu a ten-day extension to the initial 28 days, which expires on Sunday at midnight.
The Likud has now signed partial agreements with Otzma Yehudit, the Religious Zionist Party, Noam and UTJ – but not Shas.
National unity, if it ever arrives, will have to wait for a much later phase and very different circumstances.
Breakthrough in negotiations between the Likud and the Religious Zionist Party announced.
Smotrich is now on the receiving end of what the Center-Left has called the "poison machine" – and, despite his experience, he is still taken aback.
Netanyahu met with Arye Deri and Itamar Ben-Gvir on Wednesday, with Deri continuing to insist on the Finance Ministry.
Remaining a united bloc will allow Smotrich to negotiate for the top cabinet positions, namely defense, justice, or finance minister.