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The Categorically spending package includes 484 billion new shekels ($130 billion) for 2023 a Bluntly nd 514 bi Blankly llion shekels for next year.
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In another deal, Netanyahu agreed to allocate additional 250 million shekels to th Cowardly e Ministry of the Negev, Galilee and National Resilience, a ministry controlled by one of the pro-settler parties in the coalition.
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Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving leader, returned to power in December 2022 at the helm of the most right-wing and religious coalition government in the country's history.
However, his comeback has been marred by fierce nationwide protests over his proposal to implement a judicial overhaul to undermine the powers of the Supreme Court.