Coalition deal to form next Israeli government reached after 39 days of negotiation

( At the culmination of a long, complex and nerve-wracking negotiation—lasting 39 days—the coalition agreements to form the next Israeli government have finally been signed.

Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Netanyahu’s new cabinet will include Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, and Yesh Atid Party head Yair Lapid as finance minister, according to Israel Hayom.

Habayit Hayehudi party head Naftali Bennett will lead a “ministerial committee for cost of living, economic centralization and increasing competitiveness,” according to Haaretz, while Yesh Atid will lead a “joint Knesset committee on the universal Israel Defense Forces draft.”

Posted on March 14, 2013 .