At a time when Yair Lapid, head of the “There is a Future” party, announced – at midnight yesterday, Wednesday – to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that he had succeeded in signing coalition agreements with the “Change Bloc” parties to form a new government; Attention is turning to the Knesset session that will be held next week to vote on the proposed government.
According to the agreement – signed by the “There is a Future” party and the “Yamina” party, the last party leader, Naftali Bennett, will first occupy the position of prime minister, and after two years he will be replaced by Yair Lapid, who will take the position of foreign minister.
The bloc also includes Labor headed by Merav Michaeli, Blue and White headed by Benny Gantz, Yisrael Beytenu headed by Avigdor Lieberman, and Meretz, headed by Nitzan Horowitz, while the United Arab List headed by Mansour Abbas will support the government from abroad.
Contrary to the position of the United List in support of the Government of Change, which was negotiating with Netanyahu to support his government; The National Assembly – headed by Representative Sami Abu Shehadeh – took a principled position by voting against any government formed in Israel.
On the other hand, the Joint List headed by Ayman Odeh – which recommended to the Israeli president assigning Lapid to form a government – announced that it would vote against the Bennett-Lapid government, who is still negotiating and betting that some of the Joint List’s vehicles will abstain from voting against the new government next week.
The new government, if approved by the Knesset next week, will establish a new phase in the Israeli political scene. It is the first step to the end of the 12-year era of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on trial on corruption charges that would condemn him to years in prison.
Despite Lapid’s announcement that he had reached coalition agreements, Netanyahu continues to put pressure on members of the Knesset from the Yamina party; In order to persuade them to defect and vote against the government, which reinforces the scenario of heading for a fifth election to serve as a last lifeline for him.
pressure and criticism
Yuval Karni – political correspondent for the newspaper “Yedioth Ahronoth” – believes that Netanyahu – who is still the strongest and controls matters within the “Likud” party – may face a state of rebellion if the change government continues for a long time and shows stability and the Likud remains in opposition ranks.
The political correspondent quoted Likud ministers and Knesset members as saying, “It is true that Netanyahu is still the strongest and will remain Likud president in the event that internal elections are held, but if the Likud remains in the opposition and the new government is installed; “.
Carney attributed the silent criticism in the Likud and the lack of rebellion against Netanyahu to the differing positions within the party regarding the survival of the “change camp” government for a long time, if approved by the Knesset.
But it is likely that if the new government shows stability and lasts for a long time; This undermines Netanyahu’s standing and influence, saying, “There are hidden internal criticisms of the Likud against Netanyahu, who see him as a burden on the right-wing camp.”
Netanyahu and Trump
In a scene that embodies the similarities between the political reality in Israel and America after the election of President Joe Biden; Yossi Werter, a partisan analyst for Haaretz, believes that Netanyahu looked like outgoing President Donald Trump.
He added that with the signs of forming an alternative government in Israel, Netanyahu says, “The Bennett-Lapid government is a deception of the century. Everyone knows that there is a right-wing government headed by me, and the leftist government puts the State of Israel, its people and soldiers at risk.”
He explained that the events of January 6 in America could happen on June 8 or 9, when the Knesset meets to vote on the formation of the new government.
He added, “The discourse in social networks is saturated with violence, and threats against candidates for the position of the government of change are taken seriously in the Shin Bet, and the Israeli right, which has produced political violence in recent decades, is preparing for the final battle.”
The party affairs analyst believes that the mere announcement of the change government establishes the first steps for the end of the Netanyahu era, as the era of intimidation and intimidation that “Israel is in danger” has passed, stressing that Netanyahu has his back to the wall and seems reckless, because he is closer to losing the prime minister’s seat after 12 years, to find himself in the dock without immunity.
Trouble and alliance
Regarding the importance of the “Change Bloc” – which establishes the new government – political analyst Zvi Bar’el says that “the government that is about to be formed is not the government of the dreams of any Israeli voter. If such a government will run in the general elections as a single bloc and was not a product of the political impasse; We’re skeptical if she’s getting the total number of seats she’s counting on now.”
Barel believes that the new government was able to do the impossible, only because of the only common denominator between its components and vehicles, which is the overthrow of Netanyahu, as many opponents of Netanyahu allied themselves, which constitutes the essence of corruption, selfishness, lies and fraud, he said.
He explained that it was proven during 4 electoral rounds that Netanyahu’s removal was not only a personal matter, but rather a national, ideological, democratic and cultural necessity in Israel, noting that Netanyahu created a culture and politics that sanctifies the Supreme Leader, as he imposed and controlled the rules of democracy, and deliberately disdained the judicial system, and put Half of the state’s population is in the circle of “betrayal.” He founded 3 Jewish peoples in one state, one Jewish people in the West Bank and two inside the Green Line.
“Netanyahu trampled on minorities, planned to annex the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, put Israel on a collision course with the United States, seized large parts of the media, and succeeded in convincing the public that he is inexhaustible, all of that and we have not yet talked about his trial on corruption charges,” Barel added.