Today, Sunday, Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to be formally assigned to form the Israeli government.
According to the media, the new Netanyahu-led government is unlikely to be sworn in before the Knesset this week as Netanyahu continues negotiations with the parties. Netanyahu will have one month to form a ruling coalition with a majority in the 120-seat Knesset.
The sources pointed out that Likud will keep the defense ministry, which is asking for it to be taken over by the leader of the “Religious Zionism” party, Bezalel Smotrich, in change of obtaining the Ministry of Finance in place of party leader Shas Aryeh Deri, which will be given by Netanyahu to the Ministry of the Interior.
On Friday, the Israeli president asked former Prime Minister Netanyahu to form a new government, offering the long-on-trial leader on corruption charges the chance to end years of political instability. in Israel with its far-right partners.
President Isaac Herzog’s decision was announced by his office after consulting with leaders of all parties elected to the Israeli parliament in last week’s national elections.
Netanyahu ruled Israel for 12 consecutive years before being expelled from a large but fragile coalition in 2021. His return to last week’s elections – the fifth in the country in four years – seemed to grant Israel a consistent government with a comfortable majority for the first time since 2019.
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