The Netanyahu era announces its end, new government seals coalition agreements

The Netanyahu era announces its end, new government seals coalition agreements


The new government in Israel, which will end the twelve-year term of current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, signed its definitive coalition agreement on Friday.

The coalition should focus on economic and social issues. It is not yet expected to address major diplomatic issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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The new government in Israel, which will end the twelve-year term of current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, signed its definitive coalition agreement on Friday.

The coalition should focus on economic and social issues. It is not yet expected to address major diplomatic issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, will be replaced on Sunday by a coalition made up of a party belonging to Israel’s Arab minority for the first time.

Under a power-sharing agreement, Naftali Bennett of the ultra-nationalist Yamina (right-wing party) will serve as prime minister for two years. He then hands over the post to Yair Lid of the centrist party Yesh Atid (There is a Future).

Bennett said Friday that the coalition is “bringing two and a half years of political crisis to an end”. However, it is unclear how long the various elements of the coalition would hold together.

The agreements outlined by the parties in what Lid called “unity government” include:

  • Limit the Prime Minister’s term of office to two terms or eight years.
  • An infrastructure boost for new hospitals, a new university and a new airport.
  • Adopt a two-year budget to stabilize the country’s finances – the ongoing political stalemate has resulted in Israel still using a prorated version of a 2019 base budget that was ratified in mid-2018.
  • Maintaining the “status quo” on religious and state issues, with Bennett’s Yamina party vetoing it. Possible reforms include the removal of an ultra-Orthodox monopoly on the surveillance of kosher food and the decentralization of authority over Jewish conversions.
  • An “overall transport plan” in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
  • A general goal of safeguarding “Israel’s interests” in areas of the West Bank under full Israeli control. * To provide more than 53 billion shekels (US $ 16 billion) to improve infrastructure and well-being in Arab cities and to curb violent crime .

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