Netanya informs the president that he has managed to form a government (official website)
Almost two months after election day, the 37th government will be sworn in today (Thursday), thus officially beginning its term.
But even before the swearing-in, the Knesset plenum will open at 11:00 with a speech by Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, who will present the basic outlines of the government and the distribution of roles in it.
After that, the designated opposition leader Yair Lapid will speak, and after that factional debates will be held. Later, each of the opposition factions will be given 15 minutes to speak from the Knesset podium. The factions may divide the right to speak to several speakers, provided that each speaker does not speak for more than three minutes.
At the end of the speeches, the vote will be held on the election of the Speaker of the Knesset, a position to which Amir Ohana is expected to be appointed.
After his election, there will be a vote of confidence in the government presented by the designated prime minister, at the end of which the members of the government will be required to swear allegiance to the service of the State of Israel.
The end of the event is expected to be in the afternoon.
Netanyahu's sixth government (photo: photo processing, Likud spokespeople)
Deri for the Ministry of Health, Smotrich for Finance, Galant for Defense
With the signing of the coalition agreements, the distribution of positions in the next government, which will appoint more than 30 ministers, was announced.
First, after a struggle between Shas chairman Aryeh Deri and religious Zionist chairman Bezalel Smotrich over the Ministry of Finance, Smotrich will serve first in the position, and after two years Deri will enter the ministry. In addition, Smotrich will also serve as a minister in the Ministry of Defense, and on the rotation committee Deri He will serve as Minister of the Interior and Minister of Health.
The rotation system does not stop at the Ministry of Finance only, but also continues to the Ministry of Welfare, where Knesset member Yaakov Margi (SHS) will serve for the first half of the government's term.
After two years, Knesset member Yoav Ben Zur (Shas) will be appointed to the position, who until his appointment will receive the status of a minister in the same ministry. Knesset member Yoav Kish is expected to be appointed Minister of Education, and Minister Haim Biton of Shas will also serve in his office.
In addition, Knesset member Michael Malchiali, also from Shas, will serve as Minister of Religions.
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The beginning of his sixth government.
Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: Reuven Castro)
According to the division of cases indicated in the Likud, MK Yoav Galant will be appointed Minister of Defense, MK Yariv Levin as Minister of Justice, and MK Haim Katz will serve as Minister of Tourism.
Member of Knesset Shlomo Karai will receive the media portfolio - the minister-designate is an enthusiastic supporter of the closing of the Public Broadcasting Corporation and the privatization of the IDF airwaves, and has already submitted bills on the subject even before the formation of the government
. After the two previous governments established by Netanyahu, he did not receive a ministerial position. Knesset member Yuli Edelstein will not be appointed to the position of minister and will serve as the chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee in the Knesset.
Member of Knesset Miri Regev photo for Minister of Transportation and Member of Knesset Ofir Akunis for Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, thus returning to the offices they have held in the past.
Member of Knesset Miki Zohar will be appointed Minister of Culture and Sports.
Surprisingly, Netanyahu decided to appoint Nir Barkat as Minister of the Economy.
Barkat received the economic portfolio despite his strained relationship with Netanyahu.
In the past, during the March 2020 election campaign, Netanyahu publicly promised Barakat to be the finance minister, but when he formed the government he did not fulfill the promise and Barakat was left without a portfolio.
Now he will receive the Minister of Economy, one of the most significant portfolios held by the Likud.
Netanyahu's current blunder concerns the foreign portfolio, which he wishes to divide in rotation between Israel Katz and Eli Cohen - in addition to appointing his associate Ron Dermer to another portfolio to which some of the foreign policy powers will be transferred.
Netanyahu met with Katz and Cohen in the afternoon and wanted to make exchanges between them and divide the term in the Foreign Ministry and the Economy portfolio, and initially planned to appoint Cohen to the Foreign Ministry for the first term and Katz for the second term, but Katz refused to accept the offer.
Netanyahu's office says that no decision has yet been made on the Foreign Ministry and that the talks are expected to continue.
The chairman of Otzma Yehudit Itamar Ben Gabvir will be appointed Minister of National Security, for the purpose of expanding his powers it is necessary to amend the legislation, which received the nickname "Ben Gabvir Law". Number 2 in his party, Yitzhak Wasserlauf is expected to receive the position of Minister for the Development of the Negev, the Galilee and National Resilience
. After the division of the Ministry for Jerusalem and Heritage, Knesset member Amichai Eliyahu (Otzma Yehudit) will be appointed Minister of Heritage Affairs, and Meir Parosh from Torah Judaism will serve as Jerusalem Minister. Chairman of Torah Judaism, Yitzhak Goldknopf will serve as Minister of Construction and Housing.
This, after causing a stir when he said that he did not recognize that there was a housing crisis in Israel.
Beyond that, Knesset member Orit Strock (religious Zionism) will be the minister for national tasks, which until now was called the Ministry of Settlement, and Knesset member Ofir Sofer will hold the position of minister of immigration and absorption.
The oath of the government