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Who will be the next to join?


Tzipi Livni's Hatnua party was first to sign a coalition agreement yesterday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. According to the agreement, if Netanyahu forms the next coalition, Livni will be the next minister of justice and will coordinate the peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Her six-member party will also receive another portfolio: Former minister of Defence Amir Peretz will be minister for environmental affairs. This development brings Netanyahu only slightly closer to the 61 Members of Knesset that he needs to secure a government coalition, but it puts pressure on the parties that are playing hard-to-get (Lapid's Yesh Atid, Bennet's Habayit Hayehudi, Shas and Torah Judaism), to go ahead, join, and secure meaningful portfolios.