On video: Netanyahu in the Knesset Plenum: "We will maintain the status quo" (Knesset Channel)
Likud Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to inform President Yitzhak Herzog today (Wednesday) that he has managed to form a government. This, at the end of the additional ten days of the mandate that the President granted him earlier this month, extending to the first 28 days. However, on Despite the official announcement regarding the end of the talks to form a government, the final agreements with the partner parties in the coalition have not yet been signed, the flash legislation of the laws that precede the formation of the government has not yet been completed, and the distribution of roles to the Likud members has not yet been completed.
Netanyahu plans to satisfy his government in the Knesset next weekend, and told his close associates yesterday that He aims for the inauguration to be held on Wednesday or Thursday, however, depending on the pace of the legislation's progress, it is possible that the inauguration will be delayed until early next week.
After Netanyahu informs the President "Ala Bidi", interim Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin should also deliver the message to the Knesset plenum, which will only open on Monday, and set a date for the swearing-in - up to a week later. That is, the swearing-in of the government is expected to take place on Wednesday or Thursday at the earliest The next, and at the latest on Monday, January 2.
Likud aims to start signing the agreements with the coalition partners today; according to the law, all agreements must be placed on the Knesset table up to 48 hours before the inauguration date. Netanyahu also plans to postpone the distribution of the portfolios to Likud until The last minute to start the round of meetings with the future MKs and ministers just two or three days before the inauguration.
He will inform Herzog that he has managed to form a government.
Netanyahu (Photo: Reuven Castro)
The incoming coalition has two laws left to pass in the plenum by the time of the inauguration, in accordance with the demand of the coalition partners who insisted that the laws be passed before the formation of the government: the first is the Deri-Smotrich law, which includes two amendments to the basic law of the government: the first prepares the appointment of Shas chairman Aryeh Deri to the minister despite his criminal conviction, and the second regulates the appointment of the chairman of religious Zionism, Bezalel Smotrich, to the position of minister in the Ministry of Defense with powers over the civil administration.
The Deri-Smotrich law is expected to come up in the plenary for discussion and voting for the second and third readings on Monday, after which the coalition aims to complete the amendment to the police ordinance known as the Ben Gabir law, which will transfer expanded powers over the police to the designated minister of national security.
Ben Gvir's law passed the first reading yesterday, but it arouses strong opposition in the legal advice to the government and the police, who claim that the current version, which was submitted by Ben Gvir, does not balance the powers of the minister and the independence of the police, and will cause politicization of the police and administrative and authoritative chaos.
Ben Gvir refuses to accept the amendments proposed by the prosecutor and the confrontation between him and the lawyers is expected to intensify as work continues on the law in the committee in the coming days.
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The laws are expected to be voted on for a second and third reading on Monday.
Ben Gabir and Smotrich (photo: Flash 90, official website)
Earlier this week, the Knesset plenum approved the law to cancel the possibility of the division of four MKs from a faction, which Netanyahu demanded be approved before the formation of the government in order to prevent rebellions and unrest after the distribution of positions in the Likud. At the beginning of the month, Netanyahu held an initial round of meetings with Likud members, but he is expected to announce the placements The finalists are only very close to the inauguration to minimize the risk of disappointed or disgruntled Knesset members.
Itamar Ben Gabir