50 settlements rebel against upcoming Netanyahu gov: Israeli media
Israeli municipalities announce that they are boycotting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government over one of his appointments.
More than 50 Israeli settlements municipalities declared rebellion against prospected Israeli occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, Israeli media reported Saturday.
The municipalities mainly declared their opposition to far-right Noam party chief Avi Maoz, who is in charge of "Jewish identity" and drawing up school curricula.
The heads of the Israeli occupation municipalities underlined that they would themselves set the budgets and school curricula, which they said would be affected as a result of the supervision of the external curricula unit being transferred to Moaz, the Israeli Walla! website reported.
The coalition agreement reached between the Likud party, headed by destinated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the far-right Noam party stipulates that the supervision of the external curricula be transferred to be within Moaz's jurisdiction.
The deal with Maoz, which also gives him control of the "Nativ" organization managing immigration from post-Soviet republics, sparked severe criticism of the Israeli occupation.
The outgoing Israeli education minister condemned the decision of granting Maoz the authority to supervise what the school curricula include, saying it was a "disgrace" and would harm the education of Israeli schoolchildren.
The Israeli Times of Israel newspaper underlined Netanyahu helped Moaz pave his way into the Knesset this year and last year's election, though his coalition did not need the emerging far-right party as the Likud party and its allies within the coalition won 64 out of the Knesset's 120 seats. Moaz made it into Knesset by mediating with the Religious Zionism party.
The Noam party ran in the legislative elections that took place earlier this month within the "Religious Zionism" coalition (14 seats in the Knesset) led by Bezalel Smotrich, which also included "Otzma Yehudit" (Jewish Power) led by far-right MK Itamar Ben-Gvir.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid conceded in early November defeat to Benjamin Netanyahu, paving the way for the Israeli opposition leader to come back to power.
Lapid felicitated Netanyahu and asked his staff to prepare an organized transition of power, his office said.
This comes after the Israeli occupation's former PM seemed to be struggling to achieve a majority in the Knesset in light of the rising anti-Netanyahu rhetoric among his opponents.
It is expected that the former prime minister will form the most right-wing government since the declaration of "Israel" upon his assumption of power.
"Israel" held on its fifth election in four years, a prolonged political crisis that saw voters divided over Netanyahu's fitness to serve while on trial for corruption.
Netanyahu in late August called for unity among the ranks of far-right Israeli parties, namely extremist Zionist Itamar Ben-Gvir's Otzma Yehudit party and Betzalel Smotrich's Religious Zionism party, Israeli media reported at the time.
Smotrich welcomed the call for uniting of far-right Zionist parties. However, Ben-Gvir was not too fond of the statement, as he accused his former political partner, Smotrich, of slowing him down due to his delayed actions.