Will it be the party of the ultra-nationalist Naftali Benet that will end the 12 years in a row, of his until now ally Benjamin Netanyahu, as prime minister of Israel?
This is what emerges after the statements made by the leader of the Yamina party this Sunday.
“I announce to you today that I will work with all my strength to form a unity government with my friend Yair Lapid and God willing that together we can save the country from the current chaos and get it back on track.”
The decision of Benet that has 7 crucial seats comes three days after the expiration of the deadline of the centrist Lapid to create a government. The latter’s party, Yesh Atid, was the second most voted with 17 deputies after Netanyahu’s Likud with 30 deputies in the general elections on March 23. And with the support of being the most voted party, Netanyahu does not give up when he also affirmed this same Sunday.
“Instead of creating a dangerous left-wing government for Israel, we could form a right-wing executive that is good for Israel, as soon as Lapid’s term to form a government ends this Wednesday.”
Netanyahu, indicted on corruption charges in three separate cases, also accused Benet of committing the “fraud of the century” by betraying the nearly two million Israelis who voted for right-wing parties because “all he wants is to become the first Minister”.
In fact, Benet and Lapid would be negotiating an alternate Executive at the head of government: the first would hold the position of prime minister for the first two years and the centrist would succeed him the next two.
Benet – Netanyahu’s former protégé and minister – represents an ultra-nationalist and right-wing current, favorable to the colonization of the occupied Palestinian territories, and ultra-liberal economically. Its ideology clashes with that of other parties necessary to form the self-styled anti-Netanyahu “coalition of change”, and above all with that of some Arab-Israeli parties that represent communities of Palestinian origin in the country that never previously supported Cabinets made up of parties. right-wing and often marked by an anti-Arab narrative.
Veteran Netanyahu, the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history with fifteen years in power (1996-1999 and 2009-202), will for his part try to seduce turncoats from right-wing parties to force Benet’s support for his Please, as you hinted this Sunday in warning mode.
After the elections, Netanyahu was the first to be commissioned to form a coalition, but after failing and failing to win a majority of 61 seats in a 120-seat Parliament (Knesset), Israeli President Reuvén Rivlin handed the task over to Lapid el May 5th; if Lapid fails, Netanyahu could have another chance.
If a government of one kind or another is not formed, Israel would have to hold its fifth legislative elections in the space of two years.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.