Naftali Bennett, leader of Israel’s right-wing Yamina party told members of his party at a meeting on Sunday that He is joining forces with opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a power-sharing government that will oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Why is this important: The new “change of government” will see Bennett become prime minister and end Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year rule. The development could end the political crisis that led to four elections in two years.
What he said: Bennett told lawmakers from his party on Sunday: Netanyahu does not have the ability to form a government. and that he claims he can keep members of the center-left group. Deviating and joining the right is not true.
- Bennett added that the only option to The center-left “change of government”; is the fifth election.
- “Netanyahu will not be able to gain more majority. Then we will go to the sixth election. The country can’t go like that anymore,” Bennett said, according to media reports about the meeting.
- Yamina’s party statement said all lawmakers attending the meeting supported Bennett’s efforts to form a government and avoid a fifth election.
Worth noting: Under the “change of government,” Bennett will serve as prime minister for two years before Lapid rotates into office. It will be the most expansive coalition Israel has ever seen.
Between the lines: Such a government would be extremely fragile. avoid conflicts Use all decisions unanimously. and focus on the economy Relief after COVID-19 and stabilization of the Gaza ceasefire
- Even such an agenda would be very difficult to achieve. And the government could collapse in a few months.
What’s next: The new government may be sworn in next Monday. He gave Netanyahu a week to attempt sabotage to prevent Lapid and Bennett from gaining a majority.
What to watch: Bennett will Announcing its intention to form a government with opposition leader Yai Lapid during a speech at 8:00 p.m. local time or 1:00 p.m. ET.