CMEP Newsletter: The New Super-Majority Coalition Government in Israel
Monthly newsletter with analysis
In a bold political move on May 7 Prime Minister Netanyahu postponed parliamentary elections expected for this September and assembled a new, super-majority coalition government that controls 94 out of the 120 seats in the Knesset. The governing coalition now includes the Kadima party, the largest party in the Knesset; if this coalition holds, new elections will not be needed for eighteen months.
While this change was designed primarily to address a number of domestic political reform issues, this broad political mandate should give the prime minister the political ability to move decisively – should he chose to do so – towards ending the conflict with the Palestinians and improving the lives of those now living under occupation. It remains to be seen whether the time is ripe yet to move towards a real accommodation.
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