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The Media Line: Controversial lawmakers, troublesome legislative agenda on tap for Israel’s new government, headed by Binyamin Netanyahu (VIDEO)

Concerns Outweigh Euphoria as New Israeli Government Forms   

Controversial lawmakers, troublesome legislative agenda on tap for Israel’s new government, headed by Binyamin Netanyahu    

By Maya Margit and Dario Sanchez / The Media Line

After weeks of coalition-building talks, Israel’s new government is set to be sworn in in a matter of days. 

Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu announced last week that he had managed to form a coalition, set to be Israel’s most right-wing government ever. 

The announcement sets the stage for Netanyahu’s return to power after years of political stalemate, five rounds of elections in less than four years and a year as head of the opposition. While several coalition agreements have not yet been finalized, Netanyahu has until January 2 to swear in his new government.  

But many have expressed concern about some of the incoming prime minister’s new partners, most notably Itamar Ben-Gvir, the leader of the far-right Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, and Bezalel Smotrich, who heads the Religious Zionist party. 

There also is concern about the legislative agenda of the incoming coalition. Bills that will be considered in this session would allow the Knesset to override Supreme Court decisions; amend the Law of Return to remove the grandchild clause that allows anyone with a Jewish grandparent to receive automatic citizenship; promote the annexation of wide swathes of the West Bank; fund ultra-Orthodox schools that do not teach core subjects; and repeal a ban on racists in the Knesset.

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