ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 138

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67-24 for Netanyahu to establish coalition

With Liberman’s (unsurprising) endorsement, Prime Minister Netanyahu has 67 MKs, representing six parties (Likud, Jewish Home, Kulanu, Shas, UTJ and Yisrael Beytenu), while Isaac Herzog wins only the endorsement of his own party.

The Joint (Arab) List and Yesh Atid did not recommend any of the candidates.

Meretz, yet to meet the president, is likely to recommend Herzog, but by then it would be a purely technical move, since Netanyahu already has a clear majority.

Liberman says he want the defense portfolio, a demand Netanyahu is likely to reject.

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