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Netanyahu back with Israel's furthest-right government ever

About to establish his sixth government, Benjamin Netanyahu must partner exclusively with religious and far-right partners.
Former Israeli Prime Minister and Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu speak to the press after casting their vote in the Israeli general election, Jerusalem, Nov. 1, 2022.

TEL AVIV — When Benjamin Netanyahu returns to the prime minister’s office, he will be stronger than he has been in years. He begins his sixth term not only as the head of Israel’s largest political party, but also as the popular leader of the right-wing ultra-Orthodox bloc, which received over 2 million votes.

Like a phoenix, Netanyahu returned from the dead, and big time. Not only did he pass the 61-seat threshold — which he struggled so hard to do in the last four elections — but with his current 64 seats he has plenty of room to maneuver. The political crisis that has plagued Israel over the last few years ended with a knockout for Netanyahu and his supporters. They defeated the liberals, the political left and the Arabs, who came to power in 2021 under Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid.

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