From: Inside Story

What will Netanyahu do with his expanded coalition?

Netanyahu and Lieberman join forces to form what is being called the most right-wing government in Israel’s history.

Israel’s prime minister has expanded his coalition. It’s a goal he said he has sought since winning a fourth term last year.

The expansion is the result of a deal between Benjamin Netanyahu and ultra-nationalist opposition leader Avigdor Lieberman.

Lieberman is promising level-headed policy, focused on Israel’s security.

But with a history of threats against the Palestinians, many are wondering if his new job as defence minister will end hopes for any future peace deal.

On Inside Story, we discuss the fallout of this new coalition both in Israel and abroad.

Presenter: Laura Kyle


Mitchell Barak – Political analyst and a former spokesman for the Israeli President Shimon Peres

Rami Khouri – Senior fellow at Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy at the American University of Beirut

Dimi Rider – An associate fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations