Thirty-fourth government of Israel

Fourth Netanyahu cabinet
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34th cabinet of Israel
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The ministers of the government, and president Reuven Rivlin
Date formed14 May 2015 (2015-05-14)
People and organisations
Head of stateReuven Rivlin
Head of governmentBenjamin Netanyahu
No. of ministers21
Member parties
Status in legislatureCoalition
Opposition partyZionist Union, Blue and White
Opposition leaders
Election(s)2015 Knesset election
Legislature term(s)20th and 21st Knessets
Predecessor33rd government
Successor35th government
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The thirty-fourth government of Israel, also known as the Fourth Netanyahu Government,[1] is the government of Israel, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu between 2015 and present. It was formed after the March 2015 Knesset elections. The coalition that made up the government, consisting of Likud, United Torah Judaism, Shas, Kulanu and the Jewish Home, was submitted to the President of Israel just before the deadline on 6 May 2015. Government ministers were introduced, approved by the Knesset and sworn in on 14 May. Deputy ministers were sworn in on 19 May. On 29 December 2018, the newly-formed New Right party became a coalition partner, after splitting from the Jewish Home.

Between them, the coalition parties held 61 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. The elections that led to the formation of the government were a result of events on 2 December 2014, when Netanyahu dismissed two of his ministers, whose parties' members subsequently resigned from the 33rd government, dissolving the government ahead of schedule.[2][3]

During the 34th government, several corruption cases arose in regards to Netanyahu. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked stated that even if indicted, Netanyahu would still be able to continue as Prime Minister.[4] On 26 December 2018, Knesset members officially passed a law dispersing the Knesset.[5] The Knesset reassembled following the April 2019 Israeli legislative election, only to be dispersed once again on 30 May 2019 after Netanyahu failed to form a new cabinet.[6][7][8]

Policy guidelines

The policy guidelines for the 34th government included, but were not limited to:[9]

  • Strengthening the rule of law
  • Reducing the cost of living
  • Increasing competition, especially in the financial sector, and granting easier access to credit for small and medium businesses
  • Integrating disabled persons into society, in providing education and employment aid
  • Advancing the peace process with the Palestinians and other neighbors, while keeping Israel's national interests