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Under Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's most right-wing cabinet reached an agreement.

Under Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's most right-wing cabinet reached an agreement.

It has been decided to form a new government that is thought to be the most right-wing in Israel's history, ensuring Benjamin Netanyahu's return to power.

It will be Mr. Netanyahu's historic sixth term as prime minister after his victory in the November elections.

His coalition includes far-right organizations, one of whose leaders has a history of anti-Arab racial convictions.

Palestinians worry that the new administration will increase Israel's control over the occupied West Bank.

Just before the Israeli President, Isaac Herzog, set a deadline of midnight local time (22:00 GMT), Mr. Netanyahu tweeted, "I have managed [to form a government]."

When it is sworn in, which is anticipated to occur next week, it will replace the departing center-left caretaker government.

The international peace plan that calls for an independent Palestinian state to coexist with Israel in the West Bank with Jerusalem as their shared capital is known as the "two-state solution," but Mr. Netanyahu's coalition partners are opposed to it.

The leader of the Religious Zionism party, which gained the third-highest number of seats in the Knesset (parliament) in an alliance with two other far-right parties, wants to see Israel seize the West Bank and has been given extensive control over its operations there.

During the 1967 war, Israel captured the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. Jews have been settling in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in numbers exceeding 600,000. Although Israel disputes this, the settlements they reside in are regarded as unlawful under international law. In 2005, Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip.

Israeli opposition leaders and the attorney general have expressed concern that changes the next administration plans to make, such as granting MPs the authority to overturn Supreme Court judgments, risk undermining Israeli democracy.

Partners in the coalition have also suggested legislative changes that may put a stop to Mr. Netanyahu's current trial on allegations of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. Any impropriety is denied by Mr. Netanyahu.

The participation of the far-right in the new cabinet has particularly alarmed Israeli opposition and civil rights organizations.

Itamar Ben-Gvir, the leader of the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, is well known for his anti-Arab remarks and has advocated easing the restrictions on when security forces might open fire in response to threats. He is expected to be appointed national security minister with control over the police in Israel and the West Bank after being found guilty of inciting racism and aiding a terrorist organization.

Avi Maoz, a member of the anti-LGBT Noam party and the other far-right coalition partner, has called for the prohibition of Jerusalem's Gay Pride celebration, is opposed to women serving in the military on an equal footing, and wants to restrict immigration to Israel to Jews only in accordance with a strict interpretation of Jewish law.

Mr. Netanyahu has vowed to maintain the status quo and accused critics of inciting panic.

Earlier this week, he assured US station NPR, "I'll have two hands firmly on the steering wheel." "I just won't allow anyone to violate the rights of the LGBT community or our Arab residents in any other way. And time will demonstrate that."

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