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Israel's New Govt. to be Sworn in Thursday, Ending 18 Months of Political Chaos


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JERUSALEM, Israel – For the first time in 18 months, Israel will officially have a stable government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed President Rivlin Wednesday evening that he has successfully formed a majority coalition in Israel’s 120-seat parliament.

"I have managed to form a government," Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Rivlin. "I intend to present the Knesset the next government as defined in clause 13 A(a) of Basic Law: The Government."

The Knesset will be asked to vote on the government and if it passes, parliament members will be sworn in late Thursday evening.

Thursday evening will mark the end of a year and a half of political deadlock in Israel. Netanyahu battled his rival Benny Gantz in three inconclusive elections, but neither was able to muster together a majority coalition on their own.

The political foes decided to join forces last month and form an “emergency” unity government to handle the coronavirus crisis and avoid a fourth election.

According to the new government, Netanyahu will continue to serve as prime minister for 18 months, while Benny Gantz serves as defense minister. Then, Gantz is scheduled to take over as prime minister on November 14, 2021.

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Emily Jones is a multi-media journalist for CBN News in Jerusalem. Before she moved to the Middle East in 2019, she spent years regularly traveling to the region to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meet with government officials, and raise awareness about Christian persecution. During her college years, she served as president of Regent University's Christians United for Israel chapter and spoke alongside world leaders at numerous conferences and events. She is an active member of the Philos Project, an organization which seeks to promote positive Christian engagement with the Middle