(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud
party and far-right Noam party signed a coalition deal on Sunday,
moving Netanyahu one step closer to forming what is expected to be
the most right-wing government in Israeli history, trend reports citing
Under the agreement, Noam's leader and its sole lawmaker Avi
Maoz will serve as a deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Office
and would be in charge of a new agency called 'National Jewish
Identity Authority,' the Likud party announced in a statement.
Maoz will also be in charge of Nativ, a governmental bureau that
maintains contact with Jews in the former Soviet republics and
encourages them to immigrate to Israel.
Maoz is a strong advocate of Israel's Jewish identity and
supporter of Jewish religious laws such as gender segregation
between women and men in public venues, including universities,
concerts and public transport.
It is Likud party's second coalition agreement after Netanyahu
was mandated to build a new coalition government in mid-November.
Over the weekend, the Likud said in a statement that it had signed
a deal with Itamar Ben-Gvir, an extremist politician who is
expected to become the national security minister in Netanyahu's
Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister who was
ousted just a year and a half ago and is standing trial on
corruption charges, has been in talks with three other far-right
parties about joining his coalition government.
In the parliamentary elections on Nov. 1, Netanyahu and his
allies won 64 of the 120 seats, after almost four years of five
Under Israeli law, Netanyahu is required to form a coalition
government before a mid-December deadline or the president would
appoint another lawmaker to form a government.
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