Benjamin Netanyahu announced the formation of the government
He waited until the last moment. Minutes before the Israeli president’s deadline, Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday, December 21, that he could form the next government with partners from the ultra-Orthodox and far-right parties.
He won 1 legislative elections with his allieser In November, Mr. Netanyahu had until 11:59 p.m. (10:59 p.m. Paris time) on Wednesday to inform President Isaac Herzog. “successful” To form the next government that replaces Prime Minister Yair Lapid.
” I understood “, Mr. Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew to announce the formation of the next government minutes before midnight. The Israeli presidency, in turn, told Agence France-Presse of Mr. Netanyahu “named” Mr. Herzog “inform him” This news is timely.
“Dear President, thanks to the great public support we received during the last elections, I can inform you that I was able to form a government that will act in the interests of all citizens of Israel.”Mr. Netanyahu added in a press release.
After the election, and under Israeli rules, Mr. Netanyahu had until December 11 to announce his government, but he requested an extension to the statutory maximum of fourteen days.
However, President Herzog had only added ten days to it, and the Israeli press expected an announcement within the day, even if the exact composition of the next government was not yet fully determined.
The most right-wing government in Israel’s history
But the partners of what should be the most right-wing government in Israel’s history, according to analysts, are known: the two ultra-Orthodox parties Shass (the World Organization of Torah-observant Sephardim) and the United Judaism of the Torah (UJT), as well as three far-right groups – Bezalel Smotrich’s Religious Zionism, Itamar Ben Gvir’s Jewish Forces and Avi Maoz’s Noam.
In recent weeks, Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud party has signed deals with far-right parties that split the post of national security minister between Itamar Ben Gvir and West Bank settlements between Bezalel Smotrich. , or a briefcase to Arie Déri, leader of the Chass.
However, Israeli lawmakers have yet to vote on the second and third readings of bills that would allow Mr. Deri to serve as a minister after being convicted of tax evasion and expand Mr. Ben Gvir’s future powers as Israel’s police minister.
Israel’s attorney general, Gali Baharav-Miara, warned last week that future government laws would overwhelm Israel. “Democracy in name but not substance”.
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“Politicization of the police will seriously affect the most fundamental principles of the rule of law, i.e. equality, lack of arbitrariness and impartiality”he added that he added “legislative blitz” current can cause changes “deep” and required “speak no more”.
What are the positions for Likud?
Binyamin Netanyahu, who has been in power for fifteen years (from 1996 to 1999 and from 2009 to 2021), the longest-serving head of government in the history of Israel, and therefore used to forming coalitions, must distribute the portfolio of ministers within his formation. .
It was announced before the next government took office “as soon as possible” By Mr. Netanyahu, either next week or in early January, analysts say, the prime ministerial candidate and his allies may try to push those bills through the Knesset, the parliament.
Mr. Netanyahu also announced the distribution of ministerial posts in his camp, which is not an easy task because “There are more demands on Likud MPs for important portfolios than there are available positions after agreements with other coalition partners”the center-right daily noted on Wednesday Maariv.