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With a new parliament speaker, Netanyahu is closer to gaining power

By 12/13/2022 3:29 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Tuesday’s election of a new speaker in Israel’s parliament marked the beginning of a flurry of complex new laws to appease the projected coalition partners of the country’s likely next prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Yariv Levin, a lawmaker, was chosen to serve as a speaker as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu works to form a coalition government following last month’s elections.

Netanyahu will preside over what is anticipated to be the most right-wing government in Israel’s history with the help of his religious and ultranationalist allies.

Critics claim that Netanyahu’s partners’ demands, which include significant changes to the nation’s justice system, give radical politicians too much power and jeopardize the foundations of democracy.

As a speaker, Levin, a close ally of Benjamin Netanyahu, will pave the path for votes on critical legislation that is thought to be required to help the coalition come together in the coming days.

One of these is a vote to alter a statute that would enable Aryeh Deri, a crucial Netanyahu coalition member, to be appointed as a Cabinet minister.

Deri is prohibited from doing so by law as a result of a probation violation for tax violations this year.

Critics claim that the action could foster political corruption and violates the law to accommodate a criminal.

Two additional pieces of legislation will open the door for ultranationalists Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir, two other possible coalition allies, to be given more authority over the West Bank Jewish settlement business and the police, respectively.

Netanyahu has been kind to his political supporters because they support significant judicial reforms that might stop or dismiss his trial.

Netanyahu is on trial for corruption in several scandals involving affluent acquaintances and prominent media moguls.

Such actions, according to critics, threaten Israel’s democratic foundations. Netanyahu disputes the accusations.

Following the elections on November 1, Netanyahu’s Likud Party and its ultra-Orthodox and far-right allies gained a majority of seats in the Knesset, or parliament, positioning them to establish a new government.

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