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Netanyahu predicts new government will be formed ‘soon’

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to the swearing-in ceremony at the Knesset in Jerusalem, November 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to the swearing-in ceremony at the Knesset in Jerusalem, November 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu predicts his prospective government will be finalized “soon,” as he’s asked by reporters at the Knesset when he expects to put a bow on his incoming right-religious coalition.

Netanyahu pledged to quickly assemble a government after his Likud party and its ultra-Orthodox and far-right allies won a majority of Knesset seats in the November 1 vote, but has encountered hurdles amid disagreements with his partners over the sharing of the spoils.

According to Channel 12 news, coalition negotiators from Netanyahu’s Likud party are due to meet tomorrow with their counterparts from Religious Zionism, whose leader Bezalel Smotrich is demanding either the Treasury or Defense Ministry.

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