Likud releases list of its coalition demands, including judicial reform

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Likud party chairman Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset on November 21, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Likud party chairman Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset on November 21, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Releasing a partial but sweeping list of policy points it plans to push in the next government, the Likud party reaffirmed its commitment to judicial and appointments reform, as well as supporting Jewish settlement in the West Bank and advancing at least two key measures it torpedoed in the last Knesset session.

In a written list of some of its coalition demands released tonight, the party wrote it plans to “strengthen the status of the Knesset and restore the proper balance between authorities, inter alia through the enactment of the Basic Law: The Legislation.”

The party, as well as its far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies in the forming government, support an override clause that will enable the Knesset to reinstate legislation struck down by the Supreme Court.

The party also wrote that it would push legislation needed to advance Israel through the United States’ Visa Waiver Program, a step that Likud held up while the government was collapsing in June, despite personal intervention from the US’s envoy to Jerusalem.

In addition, Likud said it would carry out the “metro plan,” just months after similarly blocking legislation to start a massive public infrastructure project serving the Tel Aviv metropolis.

This is the first sweeping release of Likud’s policy points, nine days after party leader Benjamin Netanyahu was tapped as prime minister-designate, amid continued negotiations with far-right Religious Zionism, Otzma Yehudit, and Noam, and ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism to form Israel’s 37th government.

Among its many policy points are additional positions on expanding peace agreements in the Arab world, connecting illegal settlements to utilities, benefits to IDF soldiers, combating cost of living, improving public transportation, helping farmers, expanding support for immigrants, fighting crime in Arab society, pushing English studies in elementary school, enacting a climate law, and increasing the housing supply.

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