On the front page of the Jerusalem Post is Nowadays a photo brand new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett fought side by side with the new Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. In the headline Bennett reconciled: “It’s time to heal this land.”
Bennett said these words yesterday, when Parliament voted for the new ruling coalition. During the heated debate before the vote, he was repeatedly interrupted by members of the Likud group in Nataniahu. This party is still the largest party in Israel, with 30 seats, and cannot afford to lose the leader’s prime minister.
At the same time, Tel Aviv was holding a celebration, and when Netanyahu’s opponent apparently had to step down, his reaction was relieved. But Netanyahu’s supporters also came to his home to support him:
The eight parties of the new government were very ideologically divided and immediately started with an unstable balance.
According to Correspondent Tees Brock, the Bennett government’s 60 seats and 59 opposition seats in the parliament with a minimum majority of seats are comparable to the country’s differences. “The reaction is very different.”
There was a celebration, but Netanyahu’s supporters held their breath for Israel’s future. “He is regarded as an experienced person,” Brock explained. “As leaders who have protected the country for the past twelve years. The need to clear the battlefield has brought them uncertainty.”
Netanyahu’s supporters are all over the country, especially the working class. “Many of them believe that Netanyahu is the only one who can protect Israel from the enemies of the Jewish state on the global stage.”
The new government must quickly win the trust of the people. An important step is to develop a budget. “It will take a long time to do it,” Bullock said. “Since 2019, Israel has not had a well-functioning government, which has caused the project to stagnate.”
The new government hopes to change this situation quickly. “Bennett will focus on investments in areas such as healthcare, education, and infrastructure.”
Dislike Netanyahu as a constraint
With Bennett, Israel has a prime minister who is politically and ideologically more right-wing than Netanyahu. However, due to differences in the alliance, issues such as conflict with the Palestinians and the relationship between religion and the state will not be included on the agenda, Bullock said.
Nevertheless, this situation ensures that Bennett cannot ignore it. “For example, a nationalist Israeli march through East Jerusalem is planned tomorrow. The newly established Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories will be expelled. Bennett has many supporters among these settlers, but the left-wing party supports expulsion. This complicates things.”
Netanyahu’s role is not over yet. “A party can leave the coalition and lose the minimum majority in the parliament. Anything can happen. But so far, Netanyahu’s aversion within the coalition has been a universal constraint.”
Do not rule out a comeback
Then there is the lawsuit against Netanyahu corruption being doubted. “In the past, he has been able to procrastinate, saying that he has no time because he must lead the country. He can no longer use this excuse.”
If he is convicted, his political career Bibi Past. But Netanyahu has proven that he can come back from a defeated position. “He lost in the election in 1999, but became prime minister ten years later. He is 71 years old, so he should not spend another ten years, but he certainly does not rule out a comeback.”