Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to form a government after 38 days of negotiations, according to The Washington Post. This development allows him to return to power as the head of the most right-wing Israeli government in history.
“Thanks to the enormous public support we received in the last elections, I was able to establish a government that will work for the benefit of all Israeli citizens,” tweeted Netanyahu.
The new government is expected to be sworn in early January and will be dominated by far-right and ultra-Orthodox parties that are pushing for controversial measures such as allowing a convicted criminal to serve as a Cabinet minister and giving the national security minister direct authority over the police. These measures could potentially alienate parts of the Israeli public, increase conflict with Palestine, and strain relations with Israel’s allies, including the United States and the Jewish American community.