Benjamin Netanyahu will swear today his new government in israel together with his allies extreme right and ultra-orthodoxin what will represent the sixth term of the longest serving prime minister in the country’s history.
The ceremony will take place this Thursday at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), where Netanyahu will present the guidelines of his new Executive, which will then be put to a vote.
The six parties that will make up this government have a majority of 64 of the 120 deputies that make up the chamber, so its approval should not present any complications.
The parties that comprise it are the Likud of Netanyahu, the ultra-orthodox Shas Y United Judaism by the Torahand the ultra-rightists Religious Zionism, Jewish Power and Noamwho concurred together in the elections and consolidated themselves as the third force with the most votes.
The session in the Knesset will take place in a climate of deep anger among members of the opposition and civil society groups due to some of the clauses included in the coalition agreements signed between Netanyahu and his new partners.
These include, among other things, references to the annexation of west bankto a judicial reform that would undermine the independence of the Justice and a series of measures that would grant more power to the ultra-orthodox Jewish community to the detriment of other religious groups.
This government will be most right-wing in the history of Israel and it is expected to end the political blockade that the country has been experiencing for the past four years, during which five general elections were held.
For his part, Netanyahu will regain power after more than a year in opposition, and while he is facing a corruption trial against him accused of fraud, bribery and breach of trust in three different cases.
The nickname Bibi announced yesterday the appointment of several of his main allies in some of the most important portfolios, including Yariv Levin as Minister of Justice and Yoav Gallant as head of Defense.
Besides, amir ohanaalso from Netanyahu’s Likud, will be voted today as the new speaker of Parliament, replacing Levin who held the position temporarily for the past two weeks to push through the legislative agenda that his partners demanded to enter the governing coalition.
These are three laws approved in the last two days in the Knesset, one of them to deliver the extremist Itamar Ben Gvirelected as Minister of Public Security, extensive powers over the police and almost complete control over the border police, which operates mainly in the Palestinian territories.
The leader of Religious Zionism, Bezalel Smotrich, made it a condition to obtain a position with the rank of minister within the Defense portfolio with control over civilian policies in the West Bank and the expansion of settlements; while the ultra-orthodox aryeh derifrom Shas, demanded a legal modification that allows him to be a minister despite having been disqualified from doing so at the beginning of the year.
These last two laws have implied an amendment to Israel’s Basic Law, the closest thing to a Constitution.
(With information from EFE)
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