Israel is in the last steps before swearing in their new government on Thursday. With 36 ministerial positions, it will be the largest government in Israeli history. The new government was formed after two unsuccessful elections, and through the efforts of President Reuven Rivlin to unite the two sides: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz.
After a year— and three non-conclusive legislative elections— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top rival, Benny Gantz, a former general, and leader of the Blue and White party, agreed to form a national unity government. Under the agreement, the post of Prime Minister will be rotated between the two leaders.
Approximately 6.5 million Israelis voted for 120 members of the Israeli Knesset. According to electoral authorities, until two hours before the polls were closed, almost 66% of the people exercised their voting rights. Voter turnout was the highest since 1999. Many predicted that the turnout for the third elections in a year would be low.
- In much-anticipated elections last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a giant step toward an unprecedented fifth term in office. The results were rather anticlimactic: parties which made up the last government lost only one seat on Tuesday. Netanyahu’s Likud Party topped the polls, with 36 seats, and is well positioned to form an identical right-wing government.