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Talks continued on Monday with Israel on an unlikely political coalition poised to eliminate the country’s longest-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Attempts to end Netanyahu’s rule The announcement, which was made public Sunday night by head of the party, Naftali Bennett, was greeted by surprising left and right Israeli groups. As Netanyahu and his allies fight fiercely for Put him in power before a deadline approaching Wednesday for a new government.
If lawmakers succeed, Netanyahu’s aide Bennett, who was previously head of Israel’s small Yamina party, will take over as prime minister as head of the coalition that shares power with Yaer Lapid. central A former TV news anchor and finance minister for Yesh Atid, Israel’s second-largest political party. The two will take turns becoming prime minister if the fragile coalition is able to keep it up long enough. with Bennett going up first
The coalition will unite political parties from across the political spectrum that normally disagree on many political issues. But it appears to be united in the need to move on from the Netanyahu era. Their success could depend on the culturally conservative Arab party known as the United Arab List or Ra’am, which will be the first Arab party to join a coalition government in Israel.
Bennett and Lapid had until late Wednesday to receive the support of the 61 members of the 120-seat Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Parliament must then vote in favor of the new government within a week. over time Netanyahu and its allies unleashed an intense pressure campaign. Calls on conservatives to oppose Bennett’s proposed government endorsement.
After Bennett’s announcement on Sunday night Netanyahu appealed to right-wing Israelis for nine minutes, saying the coalition was posing a threat to Israeli security. and warned lawmakers against supporting what he called “Dangerous left-wing government”
“If you are right-wing You didn’t vote for a leftist government. That’s a simple truth,” Netanyahu said. “Don’t cheat the voters and yourself.”
Bennett, 49, has been a rising star in conservative Israeli politics for almost a decade. After serving as a special forces commando in the Israel Defense Forces. He earned millions as a tech entrepreneur in the United States. before returning to Israel to begin his political career.
He served as Netanyahu’s chief of staff for two years before Netanyahu was prime minister and has been an ally for several years since.
Sunday was the first time Bennett went public with his former mentor. The move into a partnership with Lapid and his central Yesh Atid party has upset Netanyahu supporters.
“Bennett’s ability to lie in front of the camera without blinking is truly astonishing,” said Bezalel Smothrich, a devout Jewish legislator. Netanyahu’s active ally said. “For a month and a half He had the intent to sabotage efforts to form a right-wing government. And since then he has claimed that it is impossible to form a left-wing and left-wing government with supporters of terrorism.”
Although Bennett’s Yamina party is considered more conservative than Netanyahu’s Likud, hundreds of right-wing activists have protested. Because of reports of possible alliances with left-leaning political parties that have filled Israeli media.
Israeli media reported that Knesset guards decided to increase security for ally Bennett Ayelet Shaked after 300 people protested outside her home in Tel Aviv. Some people have signs that “Left traitors”
In a statement to his side released on Monday, Lapid called Netanyahu’s remarks “an “extraordinary”. He added that he, along with Shaked and Bennett, had faced threats of violence and murder in recent days.
“Having someone argue with you doesn’t make them enemies,” Lapid said. “A divisive and violent country can’t deal with Iran or its economy. Leadership that provokes us to fight against each other will negatively affect our ability to meet the challenges we face.”
while negotiations and chaos erupted among the political elite. Daily Israelis from across the ideological spectrum seem to welcome the new leadership after Netanyahu’s 12 years.
Friends Roni Shahino, 25, and Shira Lehman, 26, who sat in a coffee shop in Jerusalem after Bennett’s announcement, both calling themselves religious and political conservatives, said they were excited about the government. Bennett’s
Shahino lives in a Jewish settlement near Ramallah. The Palestinian financial capital of the West Bank is among the 6% of Israelis who voted for Bennett’s Yamina in the latest election. Although Lehman recently voted for Netanyahu. Also known as “BB” in Israel, she said she would support Bennett as well.
“Bibi has experience, Bennett is inexperienced, Bennett deserves the opportunity to experience it,” Lehman said, “and it could be a good change. No matter who is chasing BB.”
Rimon Lavi, 77, described his political preferences. “There’s so much left” as he cleared the cat’s trash in Jerusalem on Monday morning. He acknowledged that Bennett and his fragile allies were unlikely to turn Israeli politics to the left as much as he wanted.
but simple facts that right-wing parties are willing to form alliances with groups Representing progressive, central and Arab voters, it was revolutionary in a country where politics has been dominated by one person for more than a decade.
“I need a change,” Lavi said.[Anyone] That can bring a change in the political situation in Israel is welcome – in a very short period of time.”
But for many Palestinians, Bennett, a former settler who had sworn to “Do everything in my power to make sure [Palestinians] never received status” – seen as the best It is unlikely to shift Israel’s stance towards a long stalemate.
Another Israeli Arab political party, Balad, said in a statement that Bennett had “Right-wing, extremist and more racist than Netanyahu.”
“He is definitely a dangerous politician,” said Mkhaimr Abu Sada, a Palestinian political scientist based in the Gaza Strip, “but his hands are tied to his allies and [the] US administration which will not tolerate extremist policies.”
Daniel Estrin from NPR contributed to this report from Israel.