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New Israeli government announces policy goals

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Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (left) speaks with Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Jerusalem on August 8, 2021.
Ohad Zwigenberg/POOLIsrael's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (left) speaks with Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Jerusalem on August 8, 2021.

Ministries to focus on moving to digital services, combating Covid-19, promoting Arab society, other issues

The 36th Israeli government on Sunday released to the public its policy goals ahead of the first 100 days this Tuesday since the "change coalition" won by a narrow 60-59 vote in the Knesset (Israel's parliament).

The 27 ministers will focus on transitioning to digital services, fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, promoting Arab society, addressing climate change and decreasing regulations, among other issues.

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The publication of the national plan coincides with the Knesset earlier this month giving preliminary approval to Israel's first state budget in more than three years.

The deadline to pass the spending bill for 2021 and 2022 into law is November 4th or the new government will collapse.

"Just as it is impossible to lead a ship without a compass, so too should government ministers define, for themselves and the public, what are the goals they should strive for, and what are the key areas to which they want to direct energy and resources," Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement.

Director General of the Prime Minister's Office, Yair Pines, added that the publication "will improve the planning and implementation capabilities of government policy, for the benefit of all Israeli citizens."

The unity government led by Bennett and Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid, succeeded in ousting former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office after 12 years as Israel's longest-serving premier. 

The Bennett-Lapid government has been managing multiple crises since taking over, notably a resurgence of Covid-19 driven by the highly contagious delta variant. In response, the government initiated a major campaign to get booster shots into the arms of all Israelis in an effort to contain the outbreak.