Israel has a new government. Or rather, pending confidence in Parliament, he has an agreement between leaders of very different parties to try the path of a coalition united above all by the desire to show himself as an alternative to the outgoing premier, Benjamin Netanyahu, and to avoid a return to the country at the polls, for the fifth time in two years.
For this reason, Wednesday evening, half an hour before the deadline of midnight and with that of the mandate entrusted to Yair Lapid, the former finance minister and centrist leader of Yesh Atid (“There is a future”) warned the outgoing president Reuven Rivlin that he was able to complete the assignment. Sanctioning the exit of Netanyahu, in power for 15 of the last 25 years, and of his Likud.
But the outgoing premier does not intend to give up, and calls for the right wing to rally. “All legislators elected with the votes of the right – tweeted Netanyahu – must oppose this dangerous left government.” The game moves to Parliament, where Netanyahu would like to take time to maneuver, helped by his ally speaker: which is why Lapid instead tries to speed up the pace.
Relay at the top
According to the agreements, Naftali Bennett, former defense minister and one time ally of Netanyahu, will be prime minister for the first two years of the government’s life. Then the ultranationalist leader, a millionaire born as an IT entrepreneur, will pass his hand to Lapid himself, who in the meantime will lead the foreign ministry.
But first, next week, the new government will be submitted for approval by the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. “We will do everything possible to unite all the components of society,” Lapid assured the head of state. The majority on which Lapid can count is very fragile: 61 votes out of 120. Netanyahu, who according to various political observers will leave no stone unturned in order to block the way to the new government, could have an easy game looking for one or more rebels among the deputies of Yamina (“To the Right”), Bennett’s party. Called to govern together with leftists, Labor and Meretz; in the center-left of Benny Gantz with the Blue and White party; to the nationalists of Yisrael Beitenu (“Israel is our home”) led by Avigdor Lieberman, former defense minister. In the center-right of Tikva Hadasha (“New Hope”) by Gideon Saar, detached from Likud.