As part of the Coalition Agreements that were signed, the Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman has pledged to stand with Netanyahu on every piece of legislation related to the communications field, such as the Israel Ha-Yom Law. The powers of the Supreme Court will also be limited and a terrorist can get the death penalty with the support of a majority of 2 out of 3 judges instead of needing an anonymous opinion on the subject.

Netanyahu and Lieberman

Netanyahu and Lieberman Photo Credit: Flash 90

Today after the negotiations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman officially signed the Coalition Agreements where Yisrael Beiteinu will join the government. From the chapters of the agreement, it is clear that Lieberman did not only concede on the death penalty for terrorists but also on legislations that he supported in the past, such as the Israel Ha-Yom Law. The agreement also includes a proposed initiative against the Israeli Supreme Court. Surprisingly, the word immigrant does not appear in the agreement.

According to the agreement, “It is known and agreed that after the signature is placed on this agreement, the coalition is extended to include 70 MKs.” In a chapter of the agreement, Lieberman compromises on the issue of giving terrorists the death penalty: there will be an amendment instructing the security establishment to give the death penalty also if there is not an unanimous ruling (a majority of two judges instead of three).

Lieberman’s party received the Defense Ministry, the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, the position of being Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, as well as membership in the Economics Committee, the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, the Social Economic Cabinet, and the Committee on Symbolic and Ceremonial Issues. A Yisrael Beiteinu member will head both the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.

In order to prevent conflicts within the government on issues related to religion and state, issues of religion found in the Basic Laws of the country will be conducted by a team of ministers or a committee with their consent. Proposed legislation will be formed only with the consent of all political parties.

Another clause in the agreement deals with limiting the power of the Israeli Supreme Court: “The parties will support legislation regulating the Basic Law’s relationship to the Supreme Court and the Knesset, where the Supreme Court is given the power to reject laws.” The agreement states that the court would need a majority of 8 out of 15 judges in order to override laws. In addition, Yisrael Beiteinu and other coalition members must support all laws related to communications that are supported by Netanyahu. One of the reasons for the dissolution of the previous government was the Israel Ha-Yom Law, which Yisrael Beiteinu supported. Now, they will support Netanyahu on this issue.

Several sections were also devoted to the Pensions Reform Agreement, which seeks to raise the salary of the elderly within Israel, whereby 1.4 billion NIS will be allocated over the next four years. This section does not include the word immigrants because Lieberman’s idea was extended to include the entire Israeli population.