Bennett leaves on his own terms while he can

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has tried to reduce his losses. He decided to do as little as he could while he could, after his own political party disintegrated, with almost the last two left negotiating a move to Likud, and to leave on his own terms. Without consulting anyone in his Yamina party and briefing his longtime political partner, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, Bennett spoke with Jair Lapid and informed him that the “government of change” was over. Lapid was not expecting him. Just hours earlier, he was still begging members of the Knesset rebel coalition to resign and allow the government to continue.

Earlier yesterday, however, there was another difficult conversation between Bennett and MP Nir Orbach of Yamina, in which the latter informed him that he intended to vote in favor of dissolving the Knesset next week at first reading. Bennett realized that Orbach would not return to the coalition and that the fate of the government and his own fate had been decided, and he wanted to retain control of events. Along the way, Bennett neutralized the ability of Orbach and Shaked to get guaranteed seats on Likud’s candidate list in the next election in exchange for a dissolution vote. Shaked received Bennett’s message while on an official visit to Morocco, and could not respond in real time. Matt.

The man who became one of the most influential people in the Knesset during the day on the way to the elections was MP Ahmad Tibi. One after another, the leaders of the coalition parties made their way to his cabinet, first asking him not to support the bill to dissolve the Knesset and to support coalition legislation, and then, following Bennett’s announcement, to coordinate their preferred election meeting with him. . Lapid and Tibi agreed to hold elections in late October. Behind the scenes, there are allegations of a secret agreement to pass laws that will prevent Benjamin Netanyahu from becoming prime minister again.

At one point, Raam’s leader and coalition member Mansour Abbas lost his ability to dictate the future of his opposition counterpart, Arab counterpart Tibi. Lapid, who was surprised by Bennett’s decision, won two things. One is that he will be the one to receive US President Joe Biden as interim prime minister when he visits Israel next month. The other is that he is the only person in the government who can coordinate aid to both Raam Mansour’s party and the Tibi Joint Arab List to run the transitional government. Paradoxically, Lapid may have more leeway as head of a transitional government than Bennett as leader of a close coalition.

In practice, the bill to dissolve the Knesset will be voted on next week, and from there the Knesset will proceed to the elections, which will be held in late October. Meanwhile, in line with the coalition agreement, Lapid will become a transitional prime minister and lead his campaign from the prime minister’s office. Netanyahu and his circle are also pleased with this move. Likud believes that if Lapid is prime minister, it will be an incentive for Likud’s sleepy voters to show up and perhaps give the decisive 61 seats in the Knesset to the right-wing Haredi bloc.

Netanyahu saw the possibility of forming a right-wing government under his leadership in the current Knesset, buried last night when Justice Minister and New Hope leader Gideon Saar, a former Likud official, tweeted that he would prevent Netanyahu from returning to power. “As I warned, the irresponsibility of some members of the Knesset in the coalition has led to the inevitable result. The goal of the next election is clear: to prevent Netanyahu from returning to power and subordinating the country to his personal interests,” Sa’ar tweeted.

For his part, Netanyahu said: “My friends and I will form a broad nationalist government led by Likud… and above all, a government that will return the national pride of the citizens of Israel so that they can walk the streets with their heads held high. “.

At a press conference last night announcing his decision to step down in Lapid’s favor, outlining the achievements of his short-lived government, which he said has brought together various parts of Israeli politics and society, Bennett said what hastened the decision. it was the chaos that would follow from the opposition’s refusal to support the government in expanding regulations governing the status of Israeli citizens in Judea and Samaria. The dissolution of the Knesset will mean that the regulations are automatically renewed.

Posted by Globes, Israel Business News – – on June 21, 2022.

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