Tuesday, April 21, 2020

New Israeli Coalition

Israeli Politics and its love for last minute deals has brought us a new coalition that has some unexpected elements. The coalition will look like this:

From the Right wing
37 - Likud (Includes 36 Likud members and 1 Gesher member)
9 - Shas
7 - UTJ

From the Left wing
17 - Blue and White (Includes 15 Hosen and 2 Derekh Eretz members)
3 - Labor

This is a total of 73 members. Cabinet will be equally balanced between the Right and Left. Netanyahu will be Prime Minister until November 2021, at which time Gantz will take over, and rule to April of 2023.

The Opposition will be as follows:

16 - Yesh Atid-Telem (Includes 13 Yesh Atid members and 3 Telem members) [Liberal]

15 - Joint List (Coalition of Hadash [5], Ra'am [4], Balad [3], and Ta'al [3]) [Pro-Arab]

7 - Yisrael Beiteinu [Centrist]

6 - Yamina  (Includes 3 New Right, 2 National Union, and 1 Jewish Home member) [Secular Zionist]

3 - Meretz [Progressive]

This is a total of 47, representing parties from all over the spectrum. Outside of a nearly-insignificant chance that either Meretz or Yisrael Beiteinu would choose to work with Yesh Atid-Telem, it is unlikely that the opposition would find any common ground or willingness to work with each other in the next election.

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