Attention in the Israeli political arena will turn to next Sunday, when the Knesset will meet to install the new government and give it confidence, after all members of the Yamina party announced today, Tuesday, their support for the government headed by Naftali Bennett.
The announcement by Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin early in the vote on granting the new government of confidence reflected the decline in the chances of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to thwart the change government, which enhances his chances to be the leader of the opposition after 12 years in the premiership.
Levin’s decision comes after Yair Lapid, head of the “There is a Future” party, announced that he was able to form a new government, which the “Change Bloc” parties announced their formation, provided that the government rotates in the position of prime minister to be the head of the “Yamina” party, Bennett first, and then Lapid will take over. The position of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Acting Prime Minister.
It is estimated that Levin will be removed from his position, noting that the “Change Bloc” parties that formed the government coalition announced the candidacy of Mickey Levy, a former officer in the Israeli police command, to head the Knesset.
Immediately after the ratification of Levin’s decision in the Knesset Organizing Committee, MK Nir Auerbach – from the Yamina party – announced that he had decided to support the government that would be headed by his party leader Bennett. https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.463.0_en.html#goog_1686601305
bet and setback
Auerbach’s announcement constituted a setback for Netanyahu, who gambled on him to split from Yamina and vote against the new government. for a fifth term.
To realize this scenario, in the past two weeks, Netanyahu has exerted intense pressure on Auerbach, former Minister Ayelet Shaked, and rabbis of the “Religious Zionism” movement; In order to oppose the new government and vote against it, and following the failure of these pressures, it is expected that the new government will gain the confidence of 61 Knesset members, including 4 Arab deputies from the Unified List headed by Abbas Mansour.
With the date set for the inauguration of the new government, the Change Bloc parties will have to put all coalition agreements on the Knesset table until next Thursday, noting that many media outlets have published partial protocols of the concluded agreements.
Rivalry and overthrow
With the broad outlines of the government revealed and the chances of the Bennett-Lapid government gaining the confidence of the Knesset, increased; Criticism of Benjamin Netanyahu has surfaced on the party political scene in the Likud, and it is estimated that Health Minister Yuli Edelstein intends to run for the presidency of the Likud to compete with Netanyahu, according to the official Israeli Radio (Kan).
To miss the opportunity on his Likud rivals, Netanyahu is pushing for quick primaries in the party, in order to block the way for his rivals, and thwart hidden attempts to oust him from the Likud presidency. The mandate of the government, according to Haaretz newspaper.
Voices rose within the Likud party calling for new elections for the party’s leadership, and there are members who expressed their willingness to compete with Netanyahu for the party’s leadership, such as Edelstein, Finance Minister Israel Katz and MK Nir Barkat, who previously served as the mayor of the occupation in Jerusalem.
Some Likud figures do not rule out the return of Knesset member and head of the “New Hope” party, Gideon Sa’ar – a dissident from Likud – to the party’s ranks if Netanyahu is absent from the partisan and political scenes, knowing that Sa’ar is the cornerstone and supportive of the formation of the alternative government, and insists on the overthrow of Netanyahu, according to what It was mentioned by the Walla website.