Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative party Likud announced on Friday signing its first coalition deal with the far-right Otzma Yehudit, or “Jewish Strength” Party in English.
Under the deal, Otzma Yehudit’s anti-Arab leader Itamar Ben-Gvir is to become the next national security minister, giving him control over Israeli police.
Likud said the current Ministry of Internal Security would be renamed the Ministry of National Security and would be given expanded powers. The move comes after Likud and its religious and far-right allies emerged victorious from Israel’s November 1 election, after nearly four years of political instability.
Coalition negotiations with other right-wing and religious parties are still underway.
“We took a big step…