Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon formed a new government this week that includes a party that promotes Jewish settlement in Palestinian territories and a secular party that opposes privileges for the ultra-Orthodox. The left-wing Labor Party will go into opposition. The deal leaves Sharon’s Likud Party in charge of security and defense, and analysts expect little change in the current hard line against Palestinian militancy. The only surprise was the exclusion of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, a traditional Likud ally. Angered by the snub, Shas’ Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said that by making an alliance with secularists, Sharon had become “the prime minister of garbage cans.”
Continue reading for free
We hope you're enjoying The Week's refreshingly open-minded journalism.
Subscribed to The Week? Register your account with the same email as your subscription.
Sign up to our 10 Things You Need to Know Today newsletter
A free daily digest of the biggest news stories of the day - and the best features from our website
The daily gossip: Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes break silence on 'GMA' firing, Margot Robbie refused to move 'Barbie' away from 'Oppenheimer,' and more
The daily gossip: December 5, 2023
By Brendan Morrow, The Week US Published
Could the fight over the southern border kill American aid to Ukraine?
Today's Big Question Republican demands for boosted border security have thrown a major wrench in a much-needed aid package to help Ukraine
By Rafi Schwartz, The Week US Published
College football has a major controversy. Will Congress get involved?
Talking Point Why Florida State was left out of the College Football Playoff
By Joel Mathis, The Week US Published