Israel: Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud signs its first coalition agreement with the far right
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Friday that he had reached a coalition agreement with the far-right Otzma Yehudit party giving its leader, Itamar Ben-Gvir, the post of public security minister and a cabinet seat. Israeli security.

Likud has signed its first coalition agreement with the far-right Otzma Yehudit (“Jewish Force”) party, the party of Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu announced in a statement on Friday (November 25th).

This agreement does not finalize the formation of a complete government, but assigns Itamar Ben-Gvir, leader of Otzma Yehudit, the post of Minister of Public Security and a seat in the Israeli security cabinet.

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“We have taken a big step this evening towards a complete coalition agreement, towards the formation of a complete, completely right-wing government”, commented Itamar Ben-Gvir, quoted in the press release.

Long negotiations

The right-wing and far-right alliance formed around Benjamin Netanyahu, with the support of ultra-nationalist and religious parties, won the legislative elections of 1er November after a period of political instability marked by five legislative elections in less than four years. Negotiations between Likud and its partners have dragged on and prevented Benjamin Netanyahu from forming a government quickly, while the new prime minister must strike a delicate diplomatic balance between his coalition partners and his Western allies.

The new public security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, was convicted in 2007 of racist incitement against Arabs and support for terrorism. Also implicated for anti-LGBT positions, he now says that he no longer demands the expulsion of all Palestinians but only of those he describes as “traitors” or “terrorists”.

Settler living in the occupied West Bank, Itamar Ben-Gvir is a fierce opponent of the creation of a Palestinian state.

With AFP

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