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Herzog to consult separately with far-right factions who should form new coalition

Representatives from the far-right Religious Zionism alliance’s three constituent parties will meet separately with President Isaac Herzog as part of official consultations on who should assemble the next government.

Starting tomorrow, Herzog will begin meeting with members of all the parties in the next Knesset, in size order from largest to smallest. Religious Zionism received 14 seats, the third most of any electoral slate, but the meetings with the president will be scheduled in accordance with each subfaction’s size.

Religious Zionism is part of Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-religious bloc, which also includes the ultra-Orthodox Shas and United Torah Judaism parties. Together, the bloc received 64 seats — enough for a majority in the 120-member Knesset — and is expected to form the new government.

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