How Netanyahu’s Most Right-wing Government Ever Changed the Face of Israel

Haaretz correspondents review the government's work in the past four years, ahead of the April 9 election

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Israel's 34th government.
Israel's 34th government, the most right-wing in the country's history.Credit: Avi Ohayon / GPO

For nearly four years, Israel’s 34th government has promoted a rightist-nationalist agenda, tried to help Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu divert attention from the corruption investigations against him and bullied the media.

Besides economic growth and working to lower housing prices - efforts that haven’t always been successful - the governing coalition mainly tried to appease potential voters: The Knesset advanced legislation deepening Israel’s presence in the West Bank and legalizing illegal outposts; The culture minister acted against artists and institutions whose messages didn't conform to her politics; And the education and justice ministers declared war on the academic and judicial "elites."

Ahead of the election, Haaretz looks back at the legacy of the 34th government.