Coalition deals include discrimination bill, judicial override, immigration reform

Incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu finalized his right-religious coalition on Wednesday, setting out government guidelines that stressed the Jewish people’s “exclusive and inalienable right to all parts of the Land of Israel” and vowing to bolster the settlement of “the Galilee, the Negev, the Golan and Judea and Samaria” (the West Bank).

Ahead of the new government’s scheduled swearing-in ceremony at the Knesset on Thursday, Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party also signed coalition deals with its two ultra-Orthodox partners, Shas and United Torah Judaism, as well as with the far-right Religious Zionism, Otzma Yehudit and Noam parties. Together, the 64-strong coalition in the 120-member Knesset represents the most hardline right-wing government in the 75-year history of modern Israel.

Two of the coalition agreements provide for legislation that would allow service providers to refuse service on the grounds of their religious beliefs — a legislative initiative seen by critics as legalizing discrimination

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