Israel will pledge a new government on Sunday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be sent to the opposition after a 12-year term and the political crisis that caused four elections in two years. Naftali Bennett, leader of the small Ultra Nationalist Party, becomes prime minister. But if he wants to continue working, he will
Israel will pledge a new government on Sunday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be sent to the opposition after a 12-year term and the political crisis that caused four elections in two years.
Naftali Bennett, leader of the small Ultra Nationalist Party, becomes prime minister. But if he wants to continue working, he will have to maintain a cumbersome coalition of political right-wing, left-wing, and central parties.
Eight parties, including a small Arab faction that has joined the ruling coalition to make history, have united with Netanyahu against the new elections, but little others agree. They may pursue a conservative agenda to ease tensions with Palestinians and maintain good relations with the United States without launching a major initiative.
Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, remains the largest leader in parliament and is expected to violently oppose the new government. If only one faction is bolted, it can lose a majority of it, risk collapse and give him the opportunity to regain power.
Two years after the turbulent outbreak, the new government experienced four elections, the 11-day Gaza War last month, and an outbreak of the coronavirus that devastated the economy before it was largely controlled by a successful vaccination campaign. I promise to return to normal.
The driving force behind the coalition is Yair Rapid, a political centrist politician who will become prime minister within two years if the government lasts that long.
The Israeli parliament, known as the Knesset, will be convened to vote for the new government at 4 pm (1300 GMT). It is expected to win a majority of at least 61 votes in a parliament of 120 members, which will then be sworn in. The government plans to hold its first official meeting later tonight.
It is unknown when Netanyahu will attend the ceremony or when he will move from his official residence. He blamed the new government in apocalyptic terms, accusing Bennett of running as a right-wing hardliner and then tricking voters by teaming up with the left.
Netanyahu’s supporters protested anger outside the house of rival lawmakers. They say they were threatened with a murder nominating a family. Israeli internal security agencies in Simbet issued a rare public warning earlier this month about the agitation, saying it could lead to violence.
Netanyahu blamed the agitation, noting that he was also targeted.
His position in Israeli history is safe and he has served as prime minister for a total of 15 years. This is more than any other country, including the founder of Israel, David Ben-Gurion.
Netanyahu refused to freeze the construction of the settlement because he failed to revive the peace process, and began a long rule by opposition to the Obama administration. Relations with Israel’s closest allies became even more volatile when Netanyahu aggressively campaigned against President Barack Obama’s new nuclear deal with Iran and accused it in a speech to the U.S. Parliament. I did.
However, he was largely unaffected by these conflicts, recognizing the disputed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, supporting broker normalization agreements with the four Arab states, and abundant from the Trump administration, which withdrew the United States from the Iran agreement. I received a reward.
Netanyahu boasts a close relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and portrays himself as a world-class politician. He has also built relationships with Arab and African nations that have long shunned Israel over policies towards Palestinians.
However, he has received a much colder welcome from the Biden administration and is widely seen as undermining the long tradition of bipartisan support for Israel in the United States.
His reputation as a political magician diminished at home, and he became a deeply polarized person. Critics say he has long pursued a split-government strategy that exacerbates the cracks in Israeli society between Jews and Arabs, and between his intimate ultra-Orthodox allies and secular Jews. I will.
In November 2019, he was charged with fraud, back office, and bribery. He refused the call to resign, instead blaming the media, the judiciary, and law enforcement agencies for organizing a coup attempt. Last year, protesters began holding weekly national rallies asking him to resign.
Netanyahu is popular among hardline nationalists who dominate Israeli politics, but he can soon face leadership challenges from within his own party. Likud’s less biased leaders are on the right side of the government they plan to swear and are likely to form a more stable coalition.