Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition won the November 1 election, Israel’s fifth election in less than four years.
Israel’s caretaker prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a majority in parliament today, following the deal reached by his Likud party with the Jewish ultra-Orthodox Shas party.
Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition won the November 1 election, Israel’s fifth election in less than four years. However, his association with far-right parties has caused concerns both inside the country and abroad.
“We have taken another step toward forming a right-wing government that will serve all the citizens of Israel,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
The deal with Shas gives Netanyahu 64 seats out of a total of 120 in the Knesset, although the final text for the formation of a coalition government remains to be signed.
According to the agreement, the head of Shas, Arie Deri, will take over the ministries of interior and health during the first two years of the ruling coalition government, and in the second half of his term he will take over the ministry of finance. Derry will also be deputy prime minister.
Arie Deri, a veteran politician, was convicted last year of tax fraud but was given no jail time under a plea deal he made with authorities. The Knesset will need to pass legislation before he can take a ministerial post.
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