Protests took place as the Knesset was sworn in and were joined by various human rights NGOs also demanding that the government not be formed with parties such as Noam and Otzma Yehudit.
The apparent political mistakes Netanyahu has made have put his career in jeopardy. The following five blunders could have easily been avoided.
Can you imagine Itamar Ben-Gvir serving as chairman of the Knesset Judiciary Committee? Or as education minister?
Ben-Gvir is a former member of the Kach movement, designated as a terror group, and had a picture of Baruch Goldstein hanging in his living room.
The list's policies and statements on a number of issues could impact a variety of sectors in Israel, including women, Arab-Israelis, LGBTQ+ people and secular Israelis at large.
Mainstream Rabbi Druckman backs Religious Zionist Party, a union of the hardline National Union and ultra-nationalist, Kahanist Otzma Yehudit, but excludes the religious-Zionist party Bayit Yehudi
In another attention-getting move, Meretz got more than 80 users of the Tinder dating site to change their profiles to a Meretz slogan: “Meretz, it’s not just a one-night stand.”
The Supreme Court is likely to overturn the decision.
If Netanyahu wins the elections on March 23, his role in bringing about the merger involving Ben-Gvir is sure to dog him going forward with some of those Democrats calling the shots in Washington.
Sa'ar said signing the deal shows that Netanyahu "lost his shame and his conscience."