Israel: is the anti-netanyahu coalition coming now??

Shortly before the deadline for forming a government next Wednesday, there are indications that the parties in Israel an unusual coalition of partly ultra-right, partly left-liberal parties – to replace the right-wing conservative prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The leader of the ultra-right Jamina party, Naftali Bennett, said Sunday in Jerusalem that he would do everything possible to forge an alliance with opposition leader Jair Lapid of the Future Party. According to media reports, the goal is a rotation in the office of prime minister: First, ex-defense minister Bennett is to take it over for two years, then it would be Lapid's turn.

If such a government does materialize, the Netanyahu era would be over. The now 71-year-old has been prime minister since 2009. The politician previously headed the government in the second half of the 1990s.

Netanyahu warns against "dangerous left-wing government

Netanyahu sharply attacked Bennett after his announcement this evening, accusing him of breaking his campaign promise not to form a coalition with Lapid. The Likud chairman warned against a "dangerous left-wing government" and called for the formation of a "good right-wing government".

Bennett, however, said earlier that it had become clear that the formation of a right-wing government was impossible at present. The only options, he said, were a fifth election or a unity government with Lapid. "The political crisis in Israel is unprecedented in the world," Bennett said. He accused Netanyahu of a destructive Politics of division ahead.

Election on 23. March did not produce clear conditions

In the parliamentary election on 23. In the March election, Lapid's Future Party, based in the political center, was the second-strongest force behind Netanyahu's Likud. The fourth election in two years, however, again failed to produce a clear majority. Netanyahu had failed to form a government, on 5. May, President Reuven Rivlin therefore commissioned Lapid. The mandate is only valid until Wednesday at midnight.

After an official announcement of the alliance with Bennett, Lapid would first have to inform Rivlin and would then have seven days to swear in the government in parliament. This would require a simple majority of the 120 members of parliament in the Knesset necessary. Should this succeed, the Netanyahu era would be over. No head of government has ever held office longer in Israel.

Netanyahu continued to fight his replacement over the weekend. On Sunday, he offered Bennett as well as his archrival Gideon Saar of the right-leaning Tikva Chadasha (New Hope) party nor a coalition with rotation of the three in the prime minister's office. In a Twitter video, he spoke of a "fateful moment for the security, character and future of the State of Israel". Saar, who would become the first head of government under the proposal, but rejected the suggestion.

Parties united in opposition to Netanyahu

Lapid's Future Party held coalition talks with Saar's Tikva Chadasha (New Hope) on Sunday. It has already reached agreements with the left-liberal Meretz Party, the Labor Party and former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's ultra-right Israel Beitenu party. Lapid wants to rally several small parties behind him that are far apart on the political spectrum. It would likely be a minority government tolerated by Arab MPs.

The parties are united above all in their rejection of Netanyahu, who is the subject of a corruption trial. However, their political goals diverge widely, and the expected government resembles a political patchwork quilt. Political expert Tal Schneider said Sunday that a difficult balancing act would be needed in the coalition agreements on ies such as the two-state solution with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu see her in the role of active opposition leader after his replacement. "He probably thinks this government is going to collapse very quickly," Schneider said. In the case he builds on his victory in another new election. "He is probably planning to hold a fifth election fairly soon."

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