The opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have decided to forget the differences and to form a new government together in Israel. Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing alliance Jamina confirmed in Jerusalem that he will do everything he can to conclude a coalition with Jair Lapid, the leader of the central party Yesh Atid (Future Party). The latter had already secured the support of the centre-left parties.
49-year-old Bennett, former party associate of Netanyahu and former Defense Minister, and Lapid are going to redeem each other as Prime Minister according to Israeli media. The first two years are for Bennett, who said on Sunday TV, that it has become clear that an entirely right cabinet is currently impossible. The only options are therefore new elections, the fifth in two years, or a government of national unity with Lapid.
Netanyahu (71), Likuds right-wing party, has long been the Prime Minister and has formed a series of coalitions, especially with extremely Orthodox Jewish parties. He was Prime Minister from 1996 to 1999 and has been since 2009, and no Israeli Prime Minister has been at the helm for so long. His position was under pressure, among other things, because Netanyahu is involved in a number of corruption cases.
Shredded politics The
Israelis must be returned to the polls in accordance with the law if there is no government coalition off the ground by Thursday. The last election dates from 23 March. Lapids reformist Future Party then became the second party of the country behind Likud. But in fragmented politics, that stands for only 17 out of 120 seats in parliament.
Lapid therefore made arrangements with the Labour Party, the Left Liberal Meretz and the nationalist Yisrael Beitenu (Israel Our Home). He hopes to be able to maintain a minority government with the support of a series of parties. He also believes that the ten Arab parliamentarians would be prepared, under conditions, to give tolerant support.
Fraud of the century
According to the media, with the cooperation of Bennett there is a cabinet agreement on Monday and Israel can continue with a new fragile coalition just before the deadline (Wednesday 23:00 Dutch time) and the eternal Netanyahu is out of play. The victim denounced Bennetts overrun on television and accused him of “committing the fraud of the century”. Netanyahu recalled that Bennett publicly promised voters not to engage with Lapid and added that government cooperation on the right is still a possibility.