Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina party, could announce as early as Sunday that he would join opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a power-sharing government in Israel. A source familiar with the issue told Axios.
Why is this important: if established With a new “government change”, Bennett will become Prime Minister and will keep Benjamin’s rule. Netanyahu ended 12 years. The development could end the political crisis that has led to four consecutive elections in two years.
Relive the past: Three weeks ago, Lapid was about to form a power-sharing government that would see Bennett serve as the first prime minister for two years before Lapid took office. But Bennett backed out amid the conflict in the Gaza Strip.
Powered News: Bennett met Lapid on Thursday and, according to several media reports, told Lapid he wanted to join a power-sharing government. But he still wanted other members of his party behind him. Most of which are secondary to Ayelet Shaked.
- Bennett held a consultation on Saturday night. (local time) with Sheikh and other close friends
What to watch: on sunday morning He will hold a meeting with all Knesset members from the party to hear their views on the possibility of joining. “Change Government”;
The big picture: If a new government is established It will be the most expansive coalition ever in Israel.
Such a government would be very fragile.avoid conflicts Make all decisions in agreement. and focus on the economy Relief after COVID-19 and stabilizing the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
- Even such an agreed agenda would be difficult to implement and the government could fall apart within months.
What’s next: Lapid’s mandate to form a government ends Wednesday.
- If Bennett announces he’s joining “Change Government” Lapid wants to sign all coalition agreements by Wednesday. Inform Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that he can form and swear in a new government as early as next Monday.
- This gave Netanyahu another week to try to sabotage the new government and prevent Lapid and Bennett from gaining control of the majority they wanted.