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    NewsMiddle EastNetanyahu hands over powers over citizenship and nationalization to the far-right and homophobic Noam party

    Netanyahu hands over powers over citizenship and nationalization to the far-right and homophobic Noam party

    Israeli Prime Minister Designate Benjamin Netanyahu – Ilya Yefimovich/dpa

    The Likud party of the Israeli prime minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, has signed an agreement this Sunday with the far-right party Noam by which it grants to this formation, known for its open rejection of homosexuality, powers related to immigration, citizenship and nationalization.

    This agreement is the second of the five expected for Netanyahu to become the prime minister of the most far-right government in the history of the Israeli state.

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    Now, Noam will establish his own authority within the Prime Minister’s Office to “focus on national Jewish identity”, which will be led by the party’s only deputy, Avi Maoz, an advocate of the restoration of so-called “conversion therapies” against the homosexual population, who will be named vice minister.

    Maoz will also take control of additional agencies, including Nativ, which manages immigration to Israel from the former Soviet Union.

    The ‘Times of Israel’ recalls that several religious parties have called for the tightening of the conditions of the so-called Law of Return that governs the immigration rights of Jews, in particular the elimination of the so-called “grandfather clause” that allows Gentile grandchildren of Jews obtaining citizenship.

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    In the first agreement, reached on Friday, the far-right leader Itamar Ben Gvir will occupy the post of Minister of National Security in the new Government of Israel, in the midst of an upturn in tensions and violence between Israelis and Palestinians.


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