Israel has a new government. With a phone call half an hour after his mandate expired, centrist leader Yair Lapid warned President Reuven Rivlin – who was at the stadium – in extremis that he had managed to form the governing coalition: the first in more than 12 years without the premier Benjamin Netanyahu. «The new government – said Lapid – will do everything possible to unite all the components of Israeli society. Our commitment is to put ourselves at the service of all citizens of Israel, including those who do not support this government ”. With reference to the strong attacks from the nationalist right, Lapid assured: “We are committed to respecting those who oppose us.”
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Ed informed Rivlin that he intends to submit the new government for Knesset approval as soon as possible. At the end of a hectic day that has seen everything in danger several times, Lapid has finally welded the alliance that will see the government partner Naftali Bennett, ‘Yaminà, prime minister for the first two years and then take the helm in the second part of the legislature. An executive that records the first time of a ruling Arab party: the moderate Islamist Raam led by Mansour Abbas. A series of interminable river meetings in the Kfar Maccabiah hotel was needed to overcome all the rocks that gradually stood in the way of the result. At the end the center parties – ‘There is a future’ and ‘Blue White’ (Benny Gantz) – on the right – ‘Yamina’ (Naftali Bennett), ‘New hope’ (Gideon Saar), ‘Israel Casa Nostrà (Avigdor Lieberman ) – leftist – Labor and Meretz – and Raam, signed the document that allowed Lapid to make the announcement to Rivlin. The latest obstacles were those of Abbas and the dissension between Labor and Yamina. Raam wanted assurances on building interventions for the Arab part of society and municipal recognition for some Bedouin towns in the Negev.
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Labor and Yamina both wanted the presidency of the delicate commission that appoints magistrates: in the end, even here the criterion of rotation prevailed. Ayalet Shaked, number two of Yamina and the other two Merav Michaeli, Labor leader, will be president for 2 years. Now the ball passes to the president of the Knesset Yariv Levin who will have to indicate the date on which the Chamber will have to vote the confidence in the new government. At least 61 seats out of 120 are needed. A delicate step that could also reserve unwelcome surprises, given that there are individual deputies from the coalition parties – especially Yamina – who said they disagreed. The launch of the new government took place at the end of a day that saw the election of Isaac Herzog as the new president of Israel. At the first ballot, the Knesset designated him by voting for him with 87 preferences.
The current president of the Jewish Agency – scion of the Ashkenazi Zionist aristocracy who founded Israel – has beaten the challenger Miriam Peretz, an outsider who came from a diametrically opposite world, the Sephardi world of immigrants from Arab countries, but at the same time the other side of the country. Herzog – for his friends Bougie – crowned his long rise to power: he is the son of a father Chaim Herzog, who was the sixth president of Israel before him. Surprisingly defeated by Netanyahu in the 2015 general elections: “I intend to be the president of everyone, to listen to all the voices – he said in the speech of acceptance of the appointment after receiving the congratulations of the premier himself – in an attempt to trace the lines of convergence both within our society and with our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora ». «The challenges – he continued – are many and must be taken with great consideration. It is essential to heal the bloody wounds that have opened up in our society in recent times. We must also defend Israel’s international position and its good name among the peoples. We must also fight anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel. We need to protect the pillars of our democracy ”.