Netanyahu forms coalition government. What's he trying to do?
Benjamin Netanyahu leads the Likud (literally, Union) Party, one of the two largest. The other is Shaul Mofaz’ Kadima (literally, Forward or Eastward)
Party. Until yesterday, these two parties were the governing and
opposition parties in the Israeli Knesset. Netanyahu led an often
fractious coalition, because the Likud does not have a majority in the
Knesset. His coalition partners, the Shas (Sfaras’ Guards) Party and the
Yisrael Beitenu (Israel, Our House) Party, squabbled constantly and
threatened to bring the government down. Netanyahu was ready to “go to
the country”: dissolve the Knesset and call elections a year earlier
than their regular date (next year). But early yesterday morning,
Netanyahu and Mofaz came to terms.
They formed a national unity government, and today the Knesset
approved it, by a vote of 71 to 23. Netanyahu and Mofaz together now
command 94 seats out of 120. Mofaz will work with Netanyahu until
October of 2013, the date of the next national elections.
Arlene Kushner, a blogger inside Israel, gave the first details. (Remarkably, this content is no longer available on her own site. She does not explain why she took it down.) The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Star (Lebanon), and The Washington Post gave samples of how the world press reacted.
Follow the link at the bottom to the article, and the links above to its sources. Then ask yourself: what's he trying to do?
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