The NIS 6.7 billion per year includes millions for religious Zionist projects & Haredi schools, to cement the narrowest of coalitions.
By Shaul Amsterdamski
With all the coalition deals now signed and the new government about to set out on its way, we have done the math: The total cost of all the coalition agreements is higher than it was for the previous three governments combined.
Netanyahu. Poured money into coalition partners’ pet projects. – Photo: EPA
With the exception of the deal with Shas, which has yet to be published, this amounts to more than NIS 6.7 billion a year. Continue Reading »
Likud insider: Coalition deals with ultra-Orthodox parties & Kulanu expected to be signed within days, possibly giving new government 22 ministers.
• Likud insider warns: ‘It’s not over until it’s over.’
By Mati Tuchfeld, Yehuda Shlezinger & Israel Hayom Staff
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Reuven Rivlin on Monday morning and asked him for a two-week extension to finalize the coalition negotiations.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin – Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO
“We have made considerable progress in the negotiations, but more time is necessary for us to form a stable government that would meet the challenges Israel faces,” Netanyahu said in a short statement to the media following the meeting.
For the very 1st time in Israel’s history, there’s coalition agreement without a demand to maintain the religious-secular “status quo.”
By Maayana Miskin, Chana Ya’ar
For the first time in Israel’s history, the new coalition agreement finalized and presented to President Shimon Peres on Saturday night does not include a commitment to the religious-secular “status quo.” Hareidi-religious parties are concerned, while the religious-Zionist sector celebrates.
The Status Quo agreements, instituted when the state was created, essentially state that the public observance of Jewish tradition will continue as it was in 1948, with no addition or decrease.
Among other things, the agreement means that cities that did not have public transportation on the Sabbath at that time will not add Sabbath bus lines, and marriage, divorce and conversion for Jews will remain under the auspices of the Rabbinate. Continue Reading »