In an interview with the website of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Mansoor Barati continued: Given that the two religious parties of Shas and United Torah Judaism, are also present in the Likud coalition, this will make the coalition go in the direction of making the laws more religious, right-wing and extreme.
He added: In the previous coalitions, the presence of more moderate elements made the Likud coalition not too religious and extreme. Also, in the last government of Netanyahu, presence of Gantz caused the right-wing tendencies of the cabinet to be moderated to some extent, but now the presence of Smotrich and Ben-Gvir caused the extreme tendencies of the cabinet to intensify.
Barati also said about the most important agendas of the new cabinet of the Zionist regime, adding: The official annexation of the West Bank to Israel is one of the plans of the Religious Zionist Party led by Smotrich. He is going to work as the minister of finance and the coordinator of Israel’s policy in the West Bank, and wants to bring the annexation plan of the West Bank to the cabinet and present it to the Parliament. Of course, it is not known whether the plan includes the entire West Bank or only the Zionist settlements.
He believes that another action of the cabinet is to adjust the power of the Supreme Court against the Parliament; in this case, the right-wing parties were always dissatisfied with the Supreme Court’s control over the Parliament, and many times the Supreme Court has considered some laws approved by the Parliament to be in conflict with the spirit of Israel’s basic laws, and those laws have been canceled. The rightists consider the power of the Supreme Court to be a legacy of the leftist era in Israel, so they were always against it and intended to reduce the power of the Supreme Court. Now, due to the majority of Netanyahu’s cabinet, there is an opportunity to carry out the reforms they want.
According to the researcher, another measure that Ben-Gvir intends to take and has presented its plan is to determine the death penalty for those accused of terrorist acts; this is despite the fact that until now there was no death penalty for those accused of terrorist acts in Israeli laws.
He further added: There is a law in Israel that prevents people who are famous for racism from running for parliamentary elections. Ben-Gvir wants to change this law so that racism will not be considered for the candidacy of the Knesset representatives.
Barati emphasized: Also, another policy of the cabinet is the Judaization of the Negev and Galilee region, which is considered as one of the Arab-inhabited areas in the occupied territories.
The researcher of Israel affairs at Stream Research Institute, commenting about the policy of Netanyahu’s extreme cabinet towards Iran said: In this regard, Netanyahu will try to influence the international community more than before by creating a negative atmosphere regarding the accusation of Iran’s role in the war in Ukraine, and in this way, to have more confrontation with Iran. In this situation, tensions between Tehran and Tel Aviv will increase.
At the same time, Barati commented about the policies of the new Israeli cabinet towards the Palestinian Authority and resistance groups and noted: It seems that Israel’s policies, which tried to cooperate well with the Palestinian Authority and increase its weight in the equations, will change, and Netanyahu’s new government will try to return to its traditional policy towards Palestinian Authority and not give them much room to maneuver. Also, this government will intensify the treatment of resistance groups compared to the governments of Lapid and Bennett.
Regarding the consequences of this measure of the Zionist regime, he also said: Given the rise of extremist politicians and the use of discriminatory policies against non-Jews, it is expected that violence and conflicts will increase in Arab-populated areas, and some analysts have even warned that a third intifada may occur.