Israel’s hard-line new government takes office – BBC News
The most religious and hard-line government in Israel's history has been sworn in.
Benjamin Netanyahu returns as prime minister, after his Likud party formed a coalition with ultranationalist and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies.
There is domestic and international concern that it will inflame the conflict with the Palestinians, damage the judiciary, and restrict minority rights.
Addressing a special session of the Knesset (parliament) in Jerusalem Mr Netanyahu has promised to pursue peace and safeguard civil rights.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Knesset ahead of the swearing-in ceremony.
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