Netanyahu announces formation of new government

Just a few hours ahead of deadline, Netanyahu alongside MK Bennet announce new government; Israeli President notified

Final negotiations before announcement of coalition for Knesset majority

Final negotiations before announcement of coalition for Knesset majority

Prime Minister Netanyahu has finished securing a coalition, forming Israel’s newest government just hours before the deadline. Netanyahu, following a press conference, called Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to inform him on the creation of the new government.

The announcement of the newly formed government was made by Prime Minister Netanyahu and newly designated Education Minister, Naftali Bennet of the “Jewish Home” party on Wednesday evening.

Bennet stated on the coalition, “Finally, there’s a government in Israel. This isn’t a right-wing government, it isn’t a left-wing government, and it isn’t a center government. It’s a government of the entire nation of Israel,” adding, “I want to tell you, Mr. Prime Minister, we are behind you,” Bennett added. “We will help and aid you for the success of the government under your leadership.”

Jewish Home party’s MK Ayelet Shaked will be Justice Minister, MK Tzipi Livni previously the State’s justice minister.

The new coalition will consist of 61 seats; 30 from Netanyahu’s “Likud”, Kulanua at 10 seats, The Jewish Home with 8 seats, Sha’s with 7 and United Torah Judaism with 6, all right-winged parties.

Netanyahu stated on the new government’s seats, “I’m sure no one is surprised of the fact these negotiations continued with all of the factions, and no one was surprised that it ended on time said… I said before that 61 was a good number, but 61 plus is an even better number. There’s still a lot of work left to all of us. Good luck to us and to the people of Israel.”

Isaac Herzog, the head of the Zionist Union stated on the formed government that it holds, “No responsibility, no governance and no stability and once again the mask of leadership was removed from the prime minister’s face, showing his arrogance and complacence in the embarrassing farce of forming the weakest, most extortionist and most narrow government in Israeli history.”