Israel New Government to Be Sworn in on Sunday

  • The new government is in opposition to Netanyahu remaining to be Prime Minister.
  • The government will be almost entirely secular Zionist.
  • The Arabs will be represented in the government for the first time in Israel history.

After four elections Israel has finally been able to form a united coalition government with a majority of 61 mandates. After the fourth elections Netanyahu and Likud received by far the most mandates in the election. Netanyahu was then given the chance to form a government with him as Prime Minister. Netanyahu has been Prime Minister since 2009.

The new coalition meeting together.

After 28 days, Netanyahu was unable to gather together enough mandates from the parties that supported him to reach a majority. Netanyahu is supported by the religious parties and the extreme right Zionist party. He was able to reach 59 mandates two less than the majority. To reach the majority he would need seven mandates from Yamina the party of Naftali Bennet and five mandates from an Arab liberal party. The Arab liberal party favored Netanyahu and Likud but refused to enter his government with the Ultra Extreme right religious Zionist party. Therefore Yamina remained neutral in deciding which side of the government to support. Yamina literally means right side party.

A part of the supporters of Netanyahu broke off from Likud to form the New Hope Party not Netanyahu. This severely weakened the chance of Netanyahu returning to be Prime Minister. New Hope and Yamina joined together with the opposition to Netanyahu parties from the Left to make a majority coalition with Yair Lapid Yesh Atid. Yair Lapid received the second most mandates in the election. Yair Lapid was able to reach 61 mandates with the support of the Arab Liberal party which had five votes. He made an agreement with Naftali Bennet to share the Prime Minister position.

Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennet the two new Prime Ministers will rotate.

Naftali Bennet the rightest leader in the new coalition will be first in rotation as Prime Minister. The ministry positions have been handed out to each of the members of the parties supporting the government of Yair Lapid. Avigdor Lieberman of the Israel House Party supporting Russian Immigrants will be Minister of Finance. Benny Gantz who joined Netanyahu in the last elections will be Minister of Defense.  Each party shares these positions in the Israel Democracy.

The new Israel government will be the first Israel government to have Arab representative in its coalition. The majority of the parties of the new left coalition are against Orthodox Judaism. They have already revealed the changes which they want which will greatly weaken the Orthodox community. One of these changes is to force religious schooling funded by the government to teach secular subject. Avigdor Lieberman who was once a supporter of Netanyahu wants changes in conversion laws which the Orthodox seriously are against. On the Sabbath day bus transportation will be provided and stores will be allowed to open especially grocery stores in neighborhoods predominately secular.

The government will be sworn in on Sunday.

David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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