Everyone knew from birth that most of those leaving Naftali Bennett during the year would find it difficult to pursue policies worthy of that name. For good reason, such a heterogeneous as unlikely coalition was not a program. It consisted of eight parties, sometimes hostile, and whose only joint program was to remove Benjamin Netanyahu from power after twelve years of uninterrupted rule. The result: after Naftali takes office, Bennett must bridge the gap between nationalist groups advocating Israeli colonization at all costs in the West Bank and left-wing groups in favor of a Palestinian state. To complicate matters: the government depends on the support of four deputies from Raam, the Islamist party from the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Not surprisingly, with such a hitch, the government was dependent on the mood, calculations and betrayals of a deputy. At least three of them have already decided, for various reasons, to no longer support the government, which is now without a majority. Naftali Bennett begged desperately “Silent majority” population to put pressure on the political class to avoid a fifth election in less than four years. In vain.
“Bibi” on guard
This situation is pleasing to Benjamin Netanyahu, who is determined – and by all means – to overthrow this government he is judging. “ illegitimate He succeeded in defeating the government in a vote to periodically update the text in parliament, the Knesset, on the application of Israeli law to settlers in the West Bank. An interesting detail: it is better to put the government in trouble, even if it means provoking anger among the approximately 400,000 Israelis living in the West Bank who pay for their stubbornness.
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To date, these parliamentary acrobatics and the ongoing trial for corruption, fraud and abuse of trust have not affected his popularity rating. And even better, according to opinion polls, in the event of new elections, Likud would increase. But a holistic proportional system that allows each party with more than 3.5% of the vote to be represented in the Knesset risks falling into a dead end again. The current majority is retreating.
But Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish and ultranationalist parties, have gathered only 60 deputies out of 120, which could prevent a viable coalition. Assuming that Benjamin Netanyahu manages to improve his score, he will not be at the end of his problems. In fact, he would find himself affiliated with the religious Zionist Party of Tkuma, an extreme right-wing entity for which polls suggest a breakthrough that would allow him to increase the number of deputies from 6 to 11.
Ultra-Orthodox as arbitrators
The two leaders of this formation, Bezalel Smotrych and Itamar Ben-Gvir, have a sulfur character. Both are in favor of annexing the West Bank, freezing housing for the Israeli Arab community, which makes up 20 percent of the population, and segregating Jews and Arabs in hospitals. Not to mention hostility to homosexuals and support for the creation of a state governed by the Halacha, a religious law derived from the Torah. Itamar Ben Gwir rose to prominence in 1995 by ripping a Cadillac symbol off the hood of Yitzhak Rabin’s car, weeks before the prime minister was assassinated by a right-wing extremist. “We got your car, we’ll pick you up next time,” he blew his horn.
According to the magazine’s editor-in-chief David Horowitz The times of Israelcentral news site: “After an unlikely interregnum, the right will restore power for a long, long period, reflecting the ideological preferences of the electorate.” And prophesy: “It is likely that this government will be more hawkish than ever.”