Today here in Israel is a noted day as the 19th Knesset is inaugurated.
The Knesset represents the will of the State of Israel – it is the expression of democracy of it's people.
It certainly has strengths and weaknesses… but one of the surprising things this election has been the record number of women representing their constituencies: 27.
Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, over the last four years, has not had a woman in his Security Cabinet, drawing some peoples ire.
Special interest groups have called for women to become integrated into the security-strategic discourse in the State of Israel
That may change now, as for a fact, 51% of the country is not represented in the most important forum in the country.
This matter, and others, will be part of the coalition negotiations Mr. Netanyahu must go forward with.
Mr. Netanyahu has until March 16th to form a government.
Of course his goal is to create a government that will bring together all parts of the nation together.
Netanyahu has continuously stated that his first priority is stopping the Iranian nuclear project.
He has softened that position somewhat, depending upon who his audience is, because of the success of Mr. Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party and their largely social platform to lower the high cost of living this country suffers from.
The Israeli public's mandate was clear in that Netanyahu was delivered a serious political setback in the election results.
Today, those results now have a 'face' and a 'voice' in the 48 (out of 120) new members of the 19th Knesset of the State.
Middle East Correspondent