Unity agreement signed: National Unity government to be formed

T. Belman. I’m satisfied. The right gets annexation but gives up Justice and Defense. Foreign Affairs goes with the premiership.  What this article doesn’t tell us is the deal re appointment of Judges.

Government to finally form after Netanyahu, Gantz sign deal to form coalition.

Arutz Sheva Staff20/04/20 19:19

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz signed an agreement to form a unity government Monday evening, ending the political deadlock which prevented the formation of a coalition and led to three elections in less than a year.

“An agreement for the establishment of a national emergency government is now being signed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Blue and White (alliance) chairman… Benny Gantz,” the parties said in a joint statement.

Commentator Amit Segal reported on Channel 12 News that the Likud and the right-wing parties will hold the position of the Knesset Speaker, chair the Finance, Economy and Coronavirus committees.

The Foreign Ministry will be held for half a term by the Likud and for half the term by Blue and White.

The right will also receive the housing, interior, education, environmental protection, energy and Jerusalem portfolios with a number of additional portfolios.

Blue and White will receive the defense, justice, economy, welfare, immigration and absorption, culture and sports, communications, tourism, social equality, diaspora, agriculture and strategic affairs portfolios.

Under the agreement, as of early July, the government will be able to apply sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and Judea and Samaria according to the Trump administration’s ‘Deal of the Century.

During the day, the Prime Minister spoke with some of the right-wing parties and updated them with his intention to bring about a unity government.

Shortly before the meeting with Gantz, Netanyahu spoke with Interior Minister and Shas chairman Aryeh Deri and updated him on the details of the agreement.

Yamina chairman and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett reportedly did not receive a call from Netanyahu.

April 20, 2020 | 2 Comments » | 151 views

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  1. Deal on Justice Committee is that members will be picked later, except Hauser will get one of the spots the Opposition normally gets. This is the middle ground or compromise. We will see if this works out. This should get another right-winger on the Committee that Gantz also trusts.

  2. Judicial selection committee: The committee that selects judges has representatives from the cabinet, coalition and opposition. The representatives from the cabinet and coalition will be from Netanyahu’s Likud. The representative from the opposition will be Tzvi Hauser, a former Netanyahu cabinet secretary whose views are identical to Likud on legal issues. He ran with Blue and White but is currently in the two-MK Derech Eretz faction.

    https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/why-is-the-new-coalition-deal-so-controversial-625332

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