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Netanyahu forms new government; Judiciary positions go to Bennett's Jewish Home Party/ Habayit haYehudi

Bennett & Netanyahu announce coalition agreement (Photo:Emil Salman/HaAretz)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finalized a deal late Wednesday evening to establish a new governing coalition, concluding weeks of negotiations after his March 17 election landslide victory, Israel Radio reported.

An announcement from Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud Party said that the prime minister would deliver a joint statement with Naftali Bennett, the leader of the pro-settler Jewish Home Party, who was the final hold out in the coalition haggling.

Mr. Netanyahu’s new majority is likely to have just 61 seats held by right-wing and religious factions, leaving Mr. Netanyahu with little margin for error in the 120-seat parliament, known as the Knesset.

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Ha'Aretz reports: "According to the deal, aside from the education portfolio, Habayit Hayehudi will get both the justice portfolio and the chairmanship of the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, giving it unique control over the judiciary. The party will also hold the deputy defense minister position, and will get control of the Civil Authority, in charge of the Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank."

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