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Netanyahu vows to keep “status quo“ amid rise of religious parties


Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony where Israel President Isaac Herzog handed him the mandate to form a new government following the victory of the former premier’s right-wing alliance in this month’s election at the President’s residency in Jerusalem November 13, 2022. REUTERS/ Ronen Zvulun/File Photo

Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Tuesday to balance out religious and secular interests in Israel as he tries to form a new government with nationalist and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.

“We will preserve the status quo. Everyone will live in accordance with their own faith. This will not become a nation of religious law. It will be a country in which we tend to all citizens of Israel, without exception,” he told parliament.