2022-11-25 11:36:27

Itamar Ben-Gvir: Israeli far-right leader set to join new coalition

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Israel's far-right Jewish Power party has signed a coalition agreement with Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party.

Its leader, Itamar Ben-Gvir, is set to become national security minister under the deal.

The ultra-nationalist politician is known for his anti-Arab comments and has a past conviction for racism.

It comes after Likud and its religious and far-right allies won a majority in an election earlier this month, marking a dramatic comeback for Mr Netanyahu.

We took a big step tonight toward a full coalition agreement, toward forming a fully, fully right-wing government, Mr Ben-Gvir said in a statement after the deal was agreed.

Negotiations with other potential coalition partners are continuing.

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