Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will have assembled a majority coalition by next week, Minister of Internal Security Yitzchak Aharonovitch said Thursday in an interview with IDF Radio (Galei Tzahal).
“On Thursday the government will be established and presented in the President’s House,” he declared.
Channel 2 news also estimated that by next Thursday, the new government will be presented to the public.
Aharonovitch rejected suggestions that Netanyahu would offer Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid the Foreign Ministry. Netanyahu will keep his promise to reserve that ministry for former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, he said.
Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beytenu faction, stepped down recently due to an ongoing trial over corruption charges. His faction merged with Netanyahu’s Likud prior to the elections.
Aharonovitch said the new government will take a tough approach to Jewish attacks on Arabs. “It’s already gaining momentum, and we need to use every tool, we cannot ignore this,” he argued.
Recently two Arab citizens of Israel charged Jews with "racist" attacks. In one of the cases police arrested two young Jewish women, who say the Arab woman who has charged them with violence was in fact the one who attacked first.
Aharonovich's remarks can be understood when taking into account that Israel's press plays up suspected attacks by Jews against Arabs, while largely ignoring the far more widespread, systematic and serious violence by Arabs against Jews, on the roads of Judea and Samaria, on the streets of Jerusalem and in all other areas where Jews and Arabs live side by side.