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Netanyahu's traditional partners set to join the new coalition
A right wing and religious coalition gives Netanyahu his victory despite Likud tying with The Blue and White party in seats

While the final vote count is not expected before late Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have a clear path to his 5th term as Prime Minister.

 

 

With a ten seat lead Netanyahu's coalition will rely on a stronger ultra-orthodox block consisting of 16 seats, divided equally between Shas and the United Torah Judaism Party.

 

Benjamin Netanyahu  (Photo: Reuters)
Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: Reuters)

 

Netanyahu will also rely on his partners to the right: The Union of Right Wing Parties, with six 6 seats so far and Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu which managed to scrape by the minimum votes needed to win 4 seats.

 

Avigdor Leiberman's Israel Beiteinu Party is also expected to join the new coalition despite a contentious past with the Prime Minister that resulted in his resignation from the position of Defense Minister, last year.

 

 

Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu celebrating Likud win (Photo: Reuters)
Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu celebrating Likud win (Photo: Reuters)

 

With the expected 200,000 absentee ballots, most of them from the military, the fate of parties close to the minimum threshold will be determined among them, Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked who have both served the outgoing government as ministers of Education and Justice respectively.

 

The new government will face challenges both to Netanyahu himself, with three indictments on charges of corruption pending, and to the well being of the coalition following the announcement of President Trump's long awaited "deal of the century"

 


פרסום ראשון: 04.10.19, 09:52
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