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MembersDoes “Good for the Right” Mean “Good for Israel”?

In the current coalition, a mixture of Jewish factions sits together with Arabs who now have to come together and make decisions

A difficult sight for the opposition - Prime Minister Naftali Bennet with his Arab coalition partner Mansour Abbas from the Ra'am party Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

Israel’s new government is difficult to cope with for many in the country, especially because of its diversity. Eight parties, each with a different worldview on society, faith and Israel’s future. Many give her zero chances, others wish her success. One thing is certain, it reflects Israeli society and its problems more than a homogeneous government. If this coalition works, then it has a real chance to solve long-overlooked problems. This won’t be easy, but it’s worth a try.

The coalition partners disagree on many things, but they have managed to form a government. When the so-called “family reunification law” was to be extended, the ruling coalition struggled to reach a 59-59 tie. But that also meant the controversial topic attracted more attention and headlines than usual.

For the past 17 years, this legislation has made no headlines, although this law had to be renewed annually for legal reasons. The yearly Knesset vote on the controversial law seemed off the media’s radar as everyone in the...

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