For the sixth time in his career, Benjamin Netanyahu is sworn in as Prime Minister as head of a 64-member ruling coalition (out of 120 in the parliament). He is the longest serving Israel Prime Minister, in that post for 20% of Israel’s 75 years. Composed of 30 ministers, among them five women, it is led by the Likud Party and ultra-Orthodox and far right parties, compared to 27 ministers and nine women in the former government, governed by a centrist coalition. With its right of center tilt, matters of interest before the coalition include expansions or restrictions on rights for women, minorities, the judiciary, sabbath laws, educational curriculum, and Israel’s relationships with Palestinians in the territories. Core foreign policy priorities may impact these coalition decisions.
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