A stable government? Fat chance

May 19, 2016

This week has seen a political whirlwind in Israel, with a shakeup in the cabinet and the widening of the governing coalition. After on-and-off negotiations with the Zionist Union and its leader Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Benjamin did an about face and made a deal with Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party to join the government, offering Liberman the position of Defense Minister, and ousting Moshe Ya’alon. The new deal will expand the collation to 67 seats, up from the razor-thin 61-seat majority that’s been in place for the past year.

Chief political correspondent Gil Hoffman explains the implications behind the moves, and why he doesn't think the deal will bring a full term's worth of stability to the governing coalition.

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